Ottawa, October 30, 2017 – On the occasion of National Francophone Immigration Week, coordinated by the FCFA (Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada), RDÉE Canada (Réseau de développement économique et d’employabilité) and its member organizations (the Network) are gearing up to celebrate diversity in the workplace.

Immigration has deep roots in Canada’s history, and the Network actively promotes the economic integration of newcomers and supports Canadian employers facing skilled labour shortages. What’s more, the Network’s immigration officers are now certified to deliver the “Gestion des différences culturelles dans les entreprises canadiennes” training on managing cultural differences in Canadian businesses.

RDÉE Canada has also teamed up with the Société économique de l’Ontario (SÉO) to organize an evening of testimonials on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, in Toronto, during which new immigrants will share their workplace integration success stories, and employers will discuss ways to avoid prejudices that still exist at the professional level. Highlights of this event will be streamed live on Facebook.

Jean-Guy Bigeau, CEO of RDÉE Canada, said:

We know that the demographic vitality of our Francophone and Acadian communities (FACs) will remain a significant challenge unless there is a concerted effort from the government and the communities to welcome more Francophone immigrants. Our role is to give Canadian employers the knowledge and tools they need to recruit skilled Francophone immigrant workers, because diversity is more than just an asset; it is essential to the survival of the Canadian Francophonie. Our Network fundamentally exemplifies this value.

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About RDÉE Canada

For the past 20 years, RDÉE Canada has promoted the economic development of Francophone and Acadian communities by supporting the collective actions of its members and by providing national leadership based on cooperation and partnerships.

Fatoumata Diariou Tounkara

Project Officer – Immigration and Tourism

613-244-7308, x 209