Francophone Settlement Services in PEI
PEI Help Centre for Newcomers
Le Centre d'aide aux nouveaux arrivants (CANA) de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard [PEI Help Centre for Newcomers] offers a wide range of services to Francophone immigrants — temporary residents, permanent residents, and international students. CANA also provides office space (computers, internet connection, telephone) and research tools.
This centre is a partnership between Prince Edward Island's Francophone Integration Cooperative, and the Economic Development and Employability Network Prince Edward Island Inc. and its LIENS program.
Prince Edward Island's Francophone Integration Cooperative
La Coopérative d'intégration francophone de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard (CIF) [Prince Edward Island's Francophone Integration Cooperative] is the sister organization of the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada. It was incorporated in 2006 to welcome and integrate French speaking newcomers into the Francophone community, while maintaining and increasing the Francophone population in the Province.
The CIF's main mandate is to help French speaking newcomers settle in Prince Edward Island by facilitating their social, economic, educational, and cultural integration. Secondly, they raise awareness among the welcoming population — the Island's Acadian and Francophone community — regarding cultural diversity, the benefits of immigration, and the importance of Francophone immigration.
Francophone and Acadian Economic Development and Employability Network
Le Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité (RDÉE) Île-du-Prince-Édouard Inc. [Economic Development and Employability Network Prince Edward Island Inc.] is the provincial Francophone economic development council of PEI, and it is part of RDÉE Canada - the national Francophone and Acadian economic development network. Its mission is "to contribute actively to entrepreneurial and community economic development within the Acadian and Francophone community of Prince Edward Island, while collaborating for the economic development of the Province."
A project initiated by RDÉE Prince Edward Island for French speaking newcomers to the Province is called LIENS. The project's goals are to:
- educate employers from Prince Edward Island on the importance and value of hiring Francophone immigrants;
- offer newcomers work experience and training to facilitate their integration into the workforce; and
- establish connections between new Francophone immigrant entrepreneurs and experienced Island entrepreneurs, employers, and services.