New centre provides assistance
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 www.canaipe.ca. 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 Advanced Learning Minister Sonny Gallant.