Job fair attracts 10 temporary Francophone immigrants

Published on April 12, 2014

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.

Submitted photo

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.