The center will be located on the campus of the Université de Sherbrooke. (Photo: Le Courrier du Sud – Archives)
A pilot project for an integration center for immigrants will see the light of day in Longueuil thanks to a $298,000 deal between the University of Sherbrooke, seven community partners and two Quebec government departments.
This centre, which will be located on the campus of the Université de Sherbrooke, aims to offer proximity and integration services in the territory of the agglomeration to immigrants and organizations that can offer them employment.
“It will facilitate the link between local companies and immigrants, namely with regard to the recognition of skills and the process of recruiting talent from an immigrant background”, describes the government press release.
Reception, follow-up and follow-up services will be offered in the process of settling and integrating immigrants.
“The location was ideal because of the ease of access and the large immigrant community, said Maude Méthot-Faniel, press officer at the Ministry of Employment’s office. The idea is to direct all immigrant student clients in the region to this point of service if they need resources in their immigration, francization and integration process.”
The project was brought to the attention of the ministry by the University of Sherbrooke.
This project brings together the Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration (MIFI) and the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity (MTESS).
The $298,000 investment will make available a coordination resource, as well as the equivalent of two government resources: an integration assistance agent to respond to immigrants’ requests and an MTESS resource to advise companies and immigrants on employability.
“We welcome this decision by the Minister to finance this project resulting from a concerted effort between educational institutions at all levels, the community sector, the business sector and government actors, stressed the rector of the Université de Sherbrooke, Pierre Cosset. Educational institutions can and should play a facilitating role in the integration and retention of immigrants in the labor market.”
According to the Minister of Labor, Jean Boulet, it is a first center for the integration of immigrants, whose objective is “to offer immigrants the necessary services in French, facilitating their professional integration at the height of their abilities and aspirations.
“This is a cause that is in my heart for the people of Marie-Victorin,” explained MP Shirley Dorismond. This support will certainly allow immigrants to integrate better and strengthen their sense of belonging to our communities and Quebec society.”
In addition to the University of Sherbrooke, the partners are:
the Marie-Victorin School Services Center;
the Cégep Édouard-Montpetit;
the Champlain Regional College;
the Career-Work Alliance;
Le Carrefour le Moutier;
the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and Industry;
o Economic development of the Longueuil agglomeration.