During the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015-16, COA celebrated an important milestone: having served 200,000 participants since the inception of the program in 1998. Read the full story here.

Canadian Orientation Abroad

The Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA) program is an overseas orientation initiative funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in over 40 countries across the globe. COA is offered to visa-ready migrants to Canada, including refugees, economic immigrants, and family class immigrants. COA provides newcomers with relevant, accurate, consistent and timely information needed to make informed settlement decisions.

COA provides orientation to three main group of migrants selected for the Canadian permanent residency:

50%

Refugees

30%

Economic Immigrants

20%

Family Class Immigrants

Since the inception of the program in 1998, COA has served:

202,511

participants

In 2015-2016, COA delivered in-person sessions in…

20

Permanent Sites

40

Countries

67

Locations

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