Job fair attracts 10 temporary Francophone immigrants

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Philippe Guidon, one of the temporary immigrants recruited at Destination Canada, stands in front of the truck he will soon be driving at Bulk Carriers. His wife and three daughters will soon be joining him.

SUMMERSIDE — Following its participation in the 10th Destination Canada Job Fair, the Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard (CIF) has announced the arrival of 10 new French-speaking immigrants in the province.

Organized by the Canadian Embassy in Paris, the Destination Canada Job Fair was held in Paris and Brussels last November.

The CIF’s participation was the result of a partnership with RDÉE Î.-P.-É. and P.E.I.’s provincial Francophone economic development council. The goal of the mission was to represent the Francophone and Acadian community and its immigrant welcoming structure and to present job opportunities that are difficult to fill locally.

Thanks to Destination Canada, three truck drivers were recruited. Two of them arrived last month and the third, who has already come for a visit, will arrive officially in September.

These three employees actually represent nine new immigrants to the Island, since they will be accompanied by some of their family members.

At the job fair, the CIF also promoted the Island to young people with working holiday visas (PVTs), called PVTists. As a result of this effort, a PVTist arrived in P.E.I. in early March.

The CIF is currently in talks with a dozen other potential temporary immigrants and PVTists met at Destination Canada. They are planning to visit the Island in the next few months and are seriously considering living here.

“The presence of the Francophone and Acadian community, represented by the CIF, is essential for an event like the Destination Canada Job Fair. As we can see, this mission was one of the most productive, as 10 new Francophones were recruited. These newcomers will have the opportunity to be part of our community, which enjoys services in French and a good quality of life, and to receive assistance from several organizations to facilitate their integration,” said CIF president Edmond Richard.

The Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l’Î.-P.-É. (CIF) aims to increase P.E.I.’s Francophone population, specifically through immigration, migration, repatriation, recruitment of Francophiles and (re)francization.

In concert with its main partners, the CIF also raises the awareness of the welcoming community regarding the importance of integrating newcomers and cultural diversity. The CIF is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Prince Edward Island Office of Immigration, Settlement and Population.

Organizations: CIF, Destination Canada Job Fair, Canadian Embassy Citizenship and Immigration Canada Prince Edward Island Office

Geographic location: P.E.I., Paris, Canada Île-du-Prince-Édouard Brussels

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  • don
    April 15, 2014 - 02:24

    the census done in 2006 showed that English 93.8% =125,265 / french 5,345 4.0%. but the fake french on PEI had help from the high court in Canada that had 3 french judges out of 5 voted in there favour for he french school and hey use the blackmail that either the government does as they order or we take you to court and you pay ll the bills. then they wonder why they are not liked. but they do not mind the taking of our money but really do not want English in there areas. what they do not understand is the fake french they have is "dieing" when will they learn.

    • kettle versus pot
      April 19, 2014 - 15:03

      Don... talk about the pot calling the kettle black.... when you say "do not want English in there areas." rather than "do not want English in their areas.", you're using fake english. Admittedly, I have no time for this "fake" french nonsense, but I also have no time for "fake" english neither! Best learn English before berating French.

  • Peter
    April 14, 2014 - 15:06

    Why are we paying to, as Ms Lamire says, strengthen the base of any ethnic community on PEI ? There are many here who are bilingual and trilingual who cannot source work. How much money was spent on this shallow act ? What about people from Quebec ?

  • Who are you?
    April 14, 2014 - 03:10

    Prince Edward Island Office of Immigration, Settlement and Population.?? Never heard of them before now. How is this office related to the foolishness of PNP

  • Slippy
    April 13, 2014 - 10:21

    This is all about getting more money from government under the guise of culture and heritage, while bringing in people who share neither, but they boost the "french numbers" and allow the government funded group to justify their existence.

  • david
    April 13, 2014 - 00:15

    And we couldn't find Canadians for these jobs?? You need to advertise in Canada and search a bit before you give away our jobs to the people of other countries. RIGHT??

  • peter
    April 12, 2014 - 20:19

    this is absolutely stupid, the fed. gov. sponsoring this kind of crap, - what about it Gail Shea?? Taxpayers money going to 'enhance' the francophonie presence in the province, so they can get the numbers up to make more "constitutional' demands for more French schools and services, ---- which they are already fraudulently stacking with non-French students to justify the numbers. Ghiz recently bought votes by bringing in more provincial French services, even though the numbers do not warrant it. To hell with the taxpayers, and with bringing us together as one society with the same benefits and less taxes.

  • peter
    April 12, 2014 - 20:18

    this is absolutely stupid, the fed. gov. sponsoring this kind of crap, - what about it Gail Shea?? Taxpayers money going to 'enhance' the francophonie presence in the province, so they can get the numbers up to make more "constitutional' demands for more French schools and services, ---- which they are already fraudulently stacking with non-French students to justify the numbers. Ghiz recently bought votes by bringing in more provincial French services, even though the numbers do not warrant it. To hell with the taxpayers, and with bringing us together as one society with the same benefits and less taxes.

  • Jason
    April 12, 2014 - 13:18

    That's it bring more ppl over. So they can bitch and complain about how much they don't like it here and are only using it to get a permanent residence. Then off they go.

  • Dave
    April 12, 2014 - 13:01

    What or how much is it costing the tax payer to have these people here ? There has to be some thing for the imployer some were ? Bring it out in the open ! And than add it up what each person cost to put to work ..training. lic. Visia. Work permonts taking family here .place to live ..who pays all this . is it a cost or is out of pocket of the person that gets the job ? Is the wage subsided ?

  • ?
    April 12, 2014 - 12:16

    This is ridiculous these companies hiring from out of country, they all say there is a shortage of drivers that is not the problem the problem is the wages that these companies are paying , instead of government funding or help to hire these drivers there should be penalties , they should be made to hire local with the amount of drivers that are on pei that are on unemployment

  • cromwell
    April 12, 2014 - 11:58

    These immigrants are truck drivers. Other than speaking (correct) French, they have no job skills that warrant them being brought here. Given the abysmal unemployment record on PEI, I would have thought that local Islanders (including the Acadian community) would have had the competence and capability to be truck drivers, perhaps with requisite training. Surely, for Canadian tax-payers, it is better to spend money training locals than bringing others in entirely because they speak French. I expect Quebec and New Brunswick have a similar program in place for English-speaking truck drivers.

    • Craig
      April 15, 2014 - 18:07

      Truck driving actually is a skill! Not to mention the skills their family members may bring with them! To bad you have no idea about what your talking about which does require some skill, idiot

    • cromwell
      April 19, 2014 - 12:35

      I generally abstained from responding 'in kind' to derogatory comments, but in response to Craig's inane comment, and in particular his parting shot, 'idiot', causes me to divert from normal practice. Had Craig the competence to read my comment more carefully, at no time did I denigrate tthe skills required to be a truck driver. I stated that if job skills for current Islanders were in way lacking, then suitable training as a truck driver should be afforded those locals who are otherwise deemed suitable and capable of getting this training. I still maintain that these 3 European truck drivers and their families were brought to PEI solely because they are francophones (judging from your post, I would assume the same applies to you). In Europe, it is unusual for francophones to be comfortable in English, and yet I would expect that while in Canada, their driving needs will take them to areas where French is not normally used - will they cope? By the way, Craig, the company that has hired these francophones originally stated in their local adverts that 'competence in English was a requirement'.

  • don
    April 12, 2014 - 11:03

    temporary immigrants to the french area. so when the job is finished are they going to stay here with no work? no they leave PEI this really is interesting. so 10 born Canadians could have done these jobs so really you have not helped PEI. just yourselves and maybe get a kickback from this program. i think the feds should do the rcmp into this group.