Francophone Settlement Program
The purpose of the Francophone Settlement Program is to ensure that French-speaking immigrants and refugees can access all our settlement programs and services in both official languages, and to provide multicultural education and community outreach programming within the Francophone / Acadian schools and communities.
The Francophone Settlement Worker will either direct Francophone clients to French-speaking staff within the appropriate program, or will act as an interpreter-liaison for that program.
These programs include the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP), the Newcomer Settlement Services (NSS), the Canadian Life Skills Program, the Employment Assistance Services, the Internationally Educated Health Professionals Program, the Immigrant Student Services and the Community Connections Program.
The Francophone Settlement Program also acts as a liaison between our Francophone clients and existing Francophone and Acadian community organizations, such as the six French-first-language schools and community centres, Coopérative d’intégration francophone, Cap enfants, Société de Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin, etc.
As part of our Community Outreach Team, along with the Multicultural Education Program and the Community Connections Program, the Francophone Settlement Program is involved in community events planning. These events may be hosted by the PEI ANC (such as our annual street festival, DiverseCity), or in partnership with other organizations (such as Global Jam with Coopérative d’intégration francophone, Célébrations de la francophonie with the Société Saint-Thomas-d'Aquin (SSTA) or 'Baraka' with Black Islanders Co-op, Farmers Helping Farmers, CUSO-VSO and others).
The Francophone Settlement Worker also brings Francophone immigrant voices to the table in various committees and networks such as the Population Network, Committee for Intercultural Sensitivity, Réseau de développement économique et d’employabilité (RDÉE), and Comité atlantique sur l’immigration francophone (CAIF). We also support the efforts of other organizations with respect to the attraction and retention of French-speaking newcomers.