New cen­tre pro­vides as­sis­tance

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

Fran­co­phone im­mi­grants in P.E.I. now have ac­cess to a wide range of set­tle­ment, in­te­gra­tion, em­ploy­a­bil­ity and en­trepreneur­ship de­vel­op­ment ser­vices from a sin­gle lo­ca­tion.

The Fran­co­phone New­com­ers As­sis­tance Cen­tre re­cently opened in the Car­refour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean in Char­lot­te­town.

The cen­tre is a new ini­tia­tive of the Co­op­er­a­tive d’in­te­gra­tion fran­co­phone de l’I.P.E. and RDEE P.E.I.’s LIENS pro­ject (link­ing eco­nomic immigration to suc­cesses). It is com­prised of the of­fices of the CIF and RDEE of­fi­cers who work di­rectly with im­mi­grants as well as work sta­tions with com­put­ers, in­ter­net ac­cess, tele­phone and other tools to help new­com­ers search for jobs, pre­pare their re­sume or carry out other re­lated tasks.

Martin Mar­coux, pres­i­dent of RDEE, calls it a one-stop shop that will help im­mi­grants take all of the steps they need to set­tle in the province.

“We hope this holis­tic ap­proach will help con­vince our new­comer clients to stay on the Is­land per­ma­nently since we are in con­stant need of more hu­man re­sources,’’ Mar­coux said.

The cen­tre has also launched a web site which can be found at It will help di­rect vis­i­tors to the de­sired ser­vices that are of­fered by part­ners.

Ser­vices are avail­able provincewide. All four of­fi­cers who work at the cen­tre can travel through­out the Is­land to meet and serve Fran­co­phone new­com­ers.

The Fran­co­phone New­com­ers As­sis­tance Cen­tre in Char­lot­te­town is now open, and shown at the open­ing are Martin Mar­coux, left, pres­i­dent of RDEE P.E.I.; Gilles Benoit, pres­i­dent of the Co­op­er­a­tive d’in­te­gra­tion fran­co­phone de l’I.P.E., and Work­force and...

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