Today’s youth are tomorrow’s workforce!

RDÉE Canada and its members recognize the importance of supporting the youth of Francophone and Acadian communities in their efforts to find employment, start a business and/or participate in their community’s economic development. The Network, made up of 12 provincial and territorial members, is carrying out more than 75 projects in support of Canada’s Francophone youth. In 2014, the Network formed a pan-Canadian working group to develop a national youth economic strategy to

  • Build RDÉE members’ youth entrepreneurship and employability capacities;
  • Form and strengthen strategic partnerships; and
  • Promote the development of structuring employability and entrepreneurship projects.

A demographic group that is evolving and participating

Today’s youth are bilingual—even multilingual—and aware of the fact that the labour market is changing and that technologies are advancing at lightning speed. Young people are open to the entire country and the rest of the world and want to be involved in large-scale projects. Maintaining Canada’s linguistic duality depends largely on its youth (Youth Business International, OECD LEED, 2013). Francophone and Acadian communities are embracing a vision in which young people can see a future in terms of employment and living in a community: education, culture, services and recreation.

Employability and entrepreneurship

The employability and entrepreneurship of Francophone and Acadian youth are at the heart of the national “youth and economics” issue. The Network is working with its partners to encourage young entrepreneurs, increase the number of entrepreneurs, reduce the unemployment rate, facilitate the transition from school to work, and ensure the retention of young people in the regions. To this end, the “youth and economics” issue focuses on the added value of bilingualism, technology, the creation of sustainable partnerships and structuring projects.

Entrepreneurship focus: Network members’ projects

Our members’ projects

Alberta
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CDÉA’s youth start-up
For one day, young entrepreneurs benefit from two hands-on workshops: "Creating your business model" and "The pitch." The participants are divided into groups and are instructed to work on the project in an efficient way and present it in the form of a three-minute pitch to a jury composed of French-speaking entrepreneurs. Depending on the case, there can be cash rewards for the best ideas. At the end of the day, the CDÉA team follows up with the participants to help them start up their business.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Orientation, bilingual careers and entrepreneurship day

A bilingual and entrepreneurship career awareness day for Grade 11 and 12 students in Francophone and French-immersion schools in the eastern and western regions of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Saskatchewan
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Employment access
The employment access program is delivered by the Conseil économique et coopératif de la Saskatchewan (CÉCS) in conjunction with the federal government's Youth Employment Strategy. The aim is to help young people overcome barriers to employment and develop the necessary skills.
Nova Scotia
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Entrepreneurship Camp
Every year, the Louis E. Deveau Entrepreneurship Centre hosts 15 entrepreneurship camps run by the CDENE, including four camps in Cape Breton, two camps in Clare and three camps in Par-en-Bas. During the summer and March break, students in Grades 4 to 6 enjoy a week full of business ventures and learning experiences every day. These camps provide the students not only with fun and educational activities but also with the opportunity to have real entrepreneurial experiences through hands-on learning, as they are able to operate their businesses for a day. Through a variety of activities, field trips, challenges and market sales, the young people develop important skills such as leadership, teamwork, creativity, organization, management and accountability.
New Brunswick
Exploring trades and technologies careers for girls
A total of 170 female high school students from the Acadian Peninsula participated in a half-day session in which more than 20 women talked about their occupations, including computer science, biology, welding, electricity, the Canadian Armed Forces and fishing.
Prince Edward Island
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PERCÉ program

The PERCÉ PEI program focuses on educating Prince Edward Island postsecondary students about the economic/cultural resources and opportunities in their region to show them that it is possible to make a living and have a career in PEI. It provides participants with the opportunity to gain work experience in their field of study (through a paid internship) and to learn about employers and jobs available in their home province.

Youth and the economy working group

The working group on youth and the economy has five strategies:

  1. Continue sharing tools and information on projects carried out within the Network: to share good practices and mobilizing projects.
  2. Expand funding opportunities for the development of new projects and initiatives: for the development of joint ventures.
  3. Develop employability and entrepreneurship initiatives for young people at the primary, secondary and university levels: to give young people the necessary skills from an early age.
  4. Set up a structuring project at the national/regional level.

Give priority to the allocation of human resources to youth initiatives and projects in the strategic planning of Network members.

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Jean-Pierre Alexandre
Manager, Community Relations and Partnerships
RDÉE Canada
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Jean-Pierre Alexandre
Manager, Community Relations and Partnerships
RDÉE Canada
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Nicolas Greugny
Economic development advisor
RDÉE Canada
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Nicolas Greugny
Economic development advisor
RDÉE Canada
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Louis Béland
Manager, Eastern Region, Development Officer
SÉO
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Louis Béland
Manager, Eastern Region, Development Officer
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François Afane
General manager and GTÉE Leader
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François Afane
General manager and GTÉE Leader
CDÉTNO
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Joris Desmares-Decaux
Economic Development Advisor
CDÉA
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Joris Desmares-Decaux
Economic Development Advisor
CDÉA
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Papi Tshiswaka
Project Coordinator
CECS
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Papi Tshiswaka
Project Coordinator
CECS
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Joel Martine
Coordinator youth economic education
CDEM
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Joel Martine
Coordinator youth economic education
CDEM
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Samir Jouadi
Economic Development Officer
RDÉE NL
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Samir Jouadi
Economic Development Officer
RDÉE NL
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Stéphane Blanchard
Economic Development Officer - Youth Sector
RDÉE PEI
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Stéphane Blanchard
Economic Development Officer - Youth Sector
RDÉE PEI
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Véronique Savoie
Employability Manager
RDÉE NB
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Véronique Savoie
Employability Manager
RDÉE NB
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Frédérique Niel
Business Advisor
SDECB
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Frédérique Niel
Business Advisor
SDECB
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Amadou Issam Wade
Project Development Officer
CDENÉ
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Amadou Issam Wade
Project Development Officer
CDENÉ
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Rahima Founjouom
Projects Officer
Carrefour Nunavut
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Rahima Founjouom
Projects Officer
Carrefour Nunavut
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