Newcomers to Chatham-Kent now have access to settlement services thanks to Collège Boréal and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Today marked the official opening of Boréal’s new point of service in Chatham. The event was scheduled as part of a discovery tour of the region. Representatives from Collège Boréal, the municipality of Chatham-Kent, and various community partners took part in the event highlighting the city’s numerous opportunities, particularly in terms of quality of life, employment possibilities, housing, and education.
Located at 161 King Street West, Boréal’s new site offers a number of services, including needs assessment, referrals, information sharing, liaison services, employment services, workshops, and group activities.
Financed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the initiative aims to bridge the City of Windsor, where Collège Boréal offers a wide variety of immigration services, and the City of Chatham-Kent which wants to attract and retain more newcomers.
“Our communities are increasingly diverse and Collège Boréal is committed to offering quality services to meet the needs of our newcomers. In 2015-2016, 3,124 people benefited from Boréal’s immigration and settlement programs and services across Ontario.”
Daniel Giroux, President, Collège Boréal
“On behalf of Collège Boréal, I would like to thank Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada as well as our numerous community partners who help us to not only welcome our newcomers, but also offer the resources needed to succeed in their new surroundings.”
Suzanne Bélanger-Fontaine, Director – Immigration Programs and Services, Collège Boréal
Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French language post-secondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province.
Collège Boréal offers a wide variety of programs and services at six campus locations and 38 access centres in 27 communities across the province. Since 1995, approximately 120,000 clients across Ontario have benefited from College Boréal’s expertise relating to post-secondary education, training programs, immigration and settlement services, as well as employment services. Furthermore, Collège Boréal has developed and implemented over 70 articulation agreements with other post-secondary institutions.
According to the Key Performance Indicators recognized by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Collège Boréal now holds the top-ranking position in three out of the five areas surveyed! Out of 24 Ontario colleges, Boréal has the highest student satisfaction rate, graduation rate, and graduate satisfaction rate in the province. Moreover, with 96%, Boréal ranks 3rd out of all 24 colleges in employer satisfaction!
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