Canadian Orientation Abroad: Helping Future Immigrants Adapt to Life in Canada

IOM’s Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA), funded by the Canadian Government’s Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), is one of our more successful and long-serving migrant training programmes to date.  COA provides orientation sessions for visa-ready migrants bound for Canada –  including refugees, immigrants, and live-in caregivers.  The pre-departure orientation for Canada-bound migrants is designed  to help them adapt to life in their new country.   In FY 2012 a total of  11,261 migrants attended a COA session, and total trained since inception of the program in 1998  exceeds 160,000.