OTTAWA, March 18, 2016

The Réseau de développement économique et d’employabilité du Canada (RDÉE Canada) is pleased with the federal government’s initiatives in the area of immigration in general, and with yesterday’s announcement by the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, on reforms to the International Mobility Program in particular.

“Exempting Canadian employers from the Labour Market Impact Assessment process is a very encouraging stimulus measure. The fact that Minister McCallum wants to encourage foreign Francophone workers to come to Canada and settle in communities outside Québec confirms what the organizations that belong to RDÉE Canada have been doing for a long time in Francophone and Acadian Communities (FACs): working with a specialized, skilled workforce that directly meets the needs of the Canadian employers with whom they do business,” said the CEO of RDÉE Canada, Jean-Guy Bigeau.

“A number of RDÉE Canada’s programs will benefit, and will allow Canadian employers to benefit, from this reversal of the abolition of the French Significant Benefit Program (FSBP) in the fall of 2014. We really believe that this move will cause a resurgence in applications from immigrants in the FACs and be a positive influence there,” added the Chair of the Board of Directors, Gilles Lanteigne.


About RDÉE Canada

For 17 years, RDÉE Canada has depended on the expertise and support of its provincial and territorial members in its role as leader of economic development in Francophone and Acadian communities. RDÉE Canada supports long- and short-term commercial projects and initiatives by maintaining lasting partnerships and encouraging the leadership and innovation that the country needs.


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