Settlement Online Pre-Arrival (SOPA) is a virtual hub providing guidance and customized pre-employment supports designed to help newcomers find and retain employment in Canada. SOPA engages a network of 6 settlement agencies across the country to deliver training to prepare immigrants for successful integration into the Canadian labour market. This network provides training within local contexts that creates a bridge between pre-arrival immigrants and their destined communities. By participating in SOPA, immigrants will arrive in Canada better prepared, be more confident about Canadian cultural expectations, and enter the work force sooner.
We are very excited to announce the launch of the SOPA program across Canada. We are now delivering in the Atlantic region, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia. All partner agencies now have a full complement of Arrive Prepared Insider staff and, as of November, are delivering SOPA courses to new pre-arrival clients.
In our News section, you will find more information about each SOPA partner agency and photographs of each provincial team and SOPA partner contact information. We would like to congratulate all SOPA delivery staff across the country as well as all SOPA support staff and SOPA IT staff on our successful launch. Everyone has worked very, very hard throughout the autumn months to get this fantastic program ready.
Please visit www.arriveprepared.ca for more information about our programs and for additional information. We welcome your comments and suggestions on our content!
– Andrew Leverman
Project Lead, SOPA