New Project Phase
As the Global COA Project Manager, I am delighted to announce that the COA project has entered into a new implementation phase that will be marked by a number of important changes. Citizenship and Immigration Canada has renewed its confidence in IOM and the COA team for a seventeenth continuous year, approving an ambitious project proposal that encompasses four new training locations, bringing the number of permanent COA training sites to a total of 20. In addition to its geographic expansion, the COA project has successfully concluded ground-breaking partnership agreements with Colleges and Institutes Canada and the YMCA of Greater Toronto.
Updates on the COA training sites
COA is proud to launch four new permanent training sites, including two new permanent training sites for Economic immigrants and Family Class immigrants to be established in Nigeria and Ukraine. With regards to refugees, the new permanent regional training site in South Africa will cover the sub-region (Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, and Zambia) through mobile sessions. COA will also resume its permanent training operation in Thailand, providing orientation to Burmese refugees in the Mae Sot Refugee Settlement. Finally, after the successful resettlement of more than 90,000 Bhutanese to 8 resettlement countries including Canada, COA closed its permanent training site in Damak, Nepal.
Canadian Orientation Abroad - Highlights from 2014-2015
Since its inception in 1998, COA has provided in-person pre-departure orientation services to 188,417 refugees and immigrants bound to Canada. During fiscal year 2014-2015, COA provided services to 14,034 participants in 38 countries and 48 locations, including 9 refugee camps. Click here to see the 2014-2015 Statistical Summary.