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The 4th National Metropolis Pre-Conference on Francophone Immigration in Canada: What's in it for You?

In response to general demand, the Metropolis Project has come up with a new format for this event that has people talking all over the country. After three years of intensive academic research on the subject, we will this year focus on public policy priorities related to attainment of the objectives for Francophone immigration we have set together.

To enhance this new approach, we decided that it would be useful to forge a partnership with the Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie. In doing this, besides researchers, we are aiming at attracting three broad categories of participants: the members of the Intergovernmental Network on the Canadian Francophonie, the provincial and territorial governments' officials from immigration departments, and the francophone community organizations' representatives. Indeed, the participation of all these different stakeholders will enable us to give the delegates a more complete picture.

We will subsequently use the results to produce a compendium of best practices that will serve as a knowledge transfer tool on which we can draw in developing initiatives for attracting, integrating and retaining Francophone immigrants. But we are not going to ignore the work done by our colleges and universities. If you come to Montréal on March 18, 2010, you will get a copy of a handy summary of current research that takes stock of the issues we are examining.

Another focal point at the pre-conference will be dialogue between the multiple representatives. Special emphasis will be placed on interaction between the presenters and the participants. Lively debate will be encouraged, and all participants - Anglophones and Francophones alike - will be given the chance to voice their opinion (simultaneous translation will be available). We are looking forward to a great turnout so that we can continue our collaboration and make our communities even better!

Metropolis National Pre-conference Sessions on Francophone Immigration in Canada March 18, 2010

Agenda

Schedule Description
8:45 - 9:00 Opening Discourse:
- The Honourable Susan Sullivan, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
9:00 - 9:30 Status report
- Yves Saint-Germain, Citizenship and Immigration Canada
9:30 - 10:00 Perspectives on Growing Diversity of the Canadian Francophonie: Identities and Shared Spaces
Hubert Lussier, Canadian Heritage
10:00- 10:30

Profile of Achievements, Issues and Challenges of the Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie’s provincial and territorial governments
- Guy Jourdain, Government of Manitoba
- Benoit Locas, Government of New Brunswick
- Daniel Cayen, Government of Ontario
- Yvan Turcotte, Government of Québec

10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 11:15

Why Community Matters
- Nicole Gallant (Institut national de la recherche scientifique du Québec)
- Suzanne Bossé (Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada) and Corinne Côté (Institut national de la recherche scientifique du Québec)

11:15 - 12:00 Question and Answer session
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:00 - 13:30 Motivational Speech
- Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada
13:30 - 14:45 Discussion Forum on the Role of Governments
- Chedly Belkhodja, Université de Moncton;
- Roda Muse, Industry Canada;
- Jacques Leroux, Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles du Québec;
- Les Linklater, Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Pre-Defined Questions
1. Are the roles and responsibilities of the three orders of government effectively distributed in Francophone immigration in Canada?
2. Are the targets and objectives: a) essential?; b) realistic?; c) well advertized?; d) accepted by Canadians?; e) effectively measured?

14:45 - 15:00 Break
15:00 - 16:15

Discussion Forum on Networks and Community Partnerships
- Michèle Vatz Laaroussi, Université de Sherbrooke;
- Marc Arnal, University of Alberta;
- Jocelyne Lalonde, Consortium national de formation en santé;
- Caroline Andrew, University of Ottawa
Pre-Defined Questions
1. What policy or program changes are needed to improve communities’ ability to form partnerships to meet the constantly evolving needs of more and more diverse clients?
2. What role do non‑governmental organizations and local partners play in the recruitment, settlement and integration of Francophone immigrants in Canada?

16:15 - 16:30

Closing of the Day / Launch of the Best Practices Manual on Francophone Immigration in Canada and of the Current Research Compendium on Francophone Immigration in Canada / Invitation to the Opening of the Conference
- Julie Boyer, Metropolis Project Secretariat

This event was made possible through the financial support of our partners:

 

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