From October 29 to November 4, Collège Boréal encourages students, staff, and community partners to celebrate newcomers’ contributions to the vitality and dynamism of francophone communities as part of National Francophone Immigration Week.
Now in its 5th edition, the initiative aims to recognize the vitality of French-language host communities across Canada. This year’s theme, “One language, a thousand accents”, encourages us to celebrate diversity.
On Monday, October 30, at 1:30 p.m., as part of an activity organized in partnership with the Réseau de soutien à l’immigration francophone du Nord de l’Ontario and the Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury, Boréal will celebrate the official opening of its French-language settlement services office in Sudbury, located at 19 Frood Road. Services include needs assessment, referrals, information sharing, liaison services, language and professional training, employment services, workshops, and group activities. The City of Greater Sudbury’s Mayor, Brian Bigger, will be in attendance and will read a proclamation. Light multicultural refreshments will be served.
On Thursday, November 2, Greater Sudbury community members are invited to an intercultural evening at the Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury. Organized in partnership with Collège Boréal and the Sudbury Downtown Indie Cinema Co-op, the evening includes an intercultural dinner ($8/person; 5:30 p.m.) and a film screening of Né quelque part (Homeland) (free; 7:30 p.m.). For reservations, please dial 705-560-6673, ext. 2785, by October 30.
In addition, Collège Boréal in Timmins will host the Forum provincial sur la régionalisation de l’immigration francophone on November 8 and 9. The event is organized in partnership with the Francophone Immigration Networks and the Université de Hearst and made possible thanks to the financial support of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The event will be an excellent opportunity for French-language institution representatives from Northern, Eastern, and Central Southwestern Ontario to get together and learn about the various services that contribute to the successful integration of francophone immigrants in host communities across the province.
National Francophone Immigration Week is an initiative of the Federation of Francophone and Acadian Communities of Canada (FCFA) and the Francophone Immigration Networks. It is made possible thanks to the financial support of IRCC and the participation of numerous partners. For more information, visit the Francophone Immigration website.
“Our communities are increasingly diverse and Collège Boréal is committed to offering quality French-language services to meet the needs of Francophone newcomers. In 2015-2016, 3,124 people benefited from Boréal’s immigration and settlement programs and services across Ontario.”
Daniel Giroux, President, Collège Boréal
“National Francophone Immigration Week gives us an opportunity to create and strengthen ties between Francophone immigrants and host communities. On behalf of Collège Boréal, I would like to thank Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada as well as our numerous community partners. Thanks to you, we are able to welcome Francophone newcomers and offer them the necessary resources 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 campuses 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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