August 24, 2018 – Sarnia – Collège Boréal
The mood is festive in Sarnia today as Collège Boréal celebrates the grand opening of its Settlement Office for Francophone Newcomers, which supports the settlement and integration of newcomers in and around the Sarnia region.
The office, which opened in April 2017, assesses the needs of newcomers and refers them to Collège Boréal’s internal services or to local providers who are able to meet their needs. Information and referral services provided in Sarnia help newcomers to adapt to life in Canada and to take those first steps towards integration and the development of basic skills. These services are provided on behalf of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Ontario Government’s Newcomer Settlement Program.
Not only is this office a place where newcomers can get settlement supports, but it also promotes the integration of clients by offering workshops on a wide range of subjects (citizens’ rights and obligations, how to receive grants for childcare, Canada’s electoral process, harassment, etc.), counseling in crisis situations, as well as interpretation and translation services to reduce language barriers.
Although the welcome centre offers these services mainly to francophones, they are also available in English.
Since its opening, Collège Boréal’s Settlement Office for Francophone Newcomers in Sarnia has helped 52 clients.
“With the opening of this settlement office, Collège Boréal now has 38 points of service in 27 communities in Ontario. This increased access to our quality services demonstrates once again Collège Boréal’s flexibility and its ability to meet the needs and expectations of the francophone communities of Southwestern Ontario and, indeed, the entire province. We are proud of our partnerships with IRCC and the Ontario government, and we are proud of our role as leaders in the provision of settlement services, because we know that Ontario’s economy will benefit from the fast and effective integration of newcomers.”
Daniel Giroux, Collège Boréal President
“The Settlement Office for Francophone Newcomers in Sarnia has already enjoyed tremendous success thanks to strong partnerships and to the dedication of our highly skilled, efficient and sensitive staff. But we also know, through our experiences elsewhere in Ontario, such as in Windsor and Chatham, that an effective, relevant and rapid welcoming of newcomers is crucial to their long-term economic integration, and that the settlement approach must be on a regional scale, and not purely local. That is why the relationship with the London Regional Office staff is so important for this site. Today, we celebrate not only the opening of the Settlement Office, but also the growth of a full network of settlement services in Ontario’s Central-Southwest region. And this is just the beginning of the good news for the region’s newcomers!”
Lise Béland, Vice-President for Central-Southwest Region, Collège Boréal
Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French language post-secondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of communities throughout the province.
Collège Boréal offers a wide variety of programs and services at seven campuses and 38 access centres in 27communities throughout the province. Since 1995, approximately 120,000 clients across Ontario have benefited from Collège 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 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, at 96%, Boréal ranks 3rd in the province for employer satisfaction!
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