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Event #17

#CdnImm Event #17 - Francophone Immigration to Ontario
Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
North York Central Library Auditorium


Francophone Immigration to Ontario

The aims of this session were:

  • To enhance settlement sector professionals' understanding of Francophone immigration to Ontario and specific issues facing Francophone newcomers
  • To create new connections and opportunities for future partnerships between Anglophone and Francophone agencies


Following up on the success of #CdnImm Event #15 held in French in May 2013 on the topic of Immigration and the Francophone Community in Ontario, this event in English was organized to bring together Anglophone and Francophone communities to discuss issues specific to Francophone immigration in Ontario.

The Francophone community in Ontario is growing. Numbered at 611,000 people in 2013, its internal diversity is a richness which can benefit the community. In terms of immigration, how can the Francophone community build a win-win partnership with the majority Anglophone community? What can Francophone agencies learn from Quebec’s experience in terms of welcoming and integrating newcomers? For many observers of the Franco-Ontarian scene, the added value brought by Francophone newcomers has not been sufficiently taken into account by the mainstream Francophone community. Based on this, the following questions may be asked:

  • Why is immigration an important component for the vitality of the Francophone community?
  • Where are we with the strategic plan and the newly created group of immigration experts?
  • What roles can identities play in reinforcing the feeling of belonging to the Francophone community?
  • What is the role of Francophone institutions in favouring the successful integration of Francophone newcomers?



Zeina Farah, Content Coordinator, Etablissement.Org


Mikale-Andrée Joly, Director of Corporate Relations, Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud
Mikale-Andrée Joly is director of Corporate relations for the French Catholic School Board (CSDCCS). This board has a network of 55 schools over a geographic area extending from the Niagara Peninsula to Peterborough and from Lake Ontario (Toronto) to Georgian Bay. Her responsibilities at the CSDCCS include community liaison, internal and external communications, and affairs of the Board. In Peel-Halton, she is responsible for the administration of the SWIS program financed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. In 2012, she was elected co-chair of CIC’s Community Connections Partnership committee, a role which has been renewed until 2014. In Toronto, Hamilton-Niagara and Durham, she manages partnerships with community organizations who deliver SWIS programs in those regions. She also oversees the Board’s participation in Local Immigration Partnerships in Simcoe, Toronto and Peel.

Erika Gates-Gasse, Senior Policy and Research Coordinator, OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
Erika Gates-Gasse is the Senior Policy and Research Coordinator (Bilingual) for OCASI - the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, as well as the staff lead for the Francophone Committee of the OCASI Board of Directors. With a background in social justice, Erika has been involved in numerous research initiatives focused on immigrants and refugees, most recently the Making Ontario Home study that examines services available to, and usage by, immigrants and refugees.

Lumembo Tshiswaka, Promotion & Outreach Coordinator for Etablissement.Org, OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
Lumembo has coordinated promotion and outreach for Etablissement.Org since 2007 and works as a bilingual community researcher in the Francophone immigrant community. He has been involved in several research projects regarding the challenges faced by Francophone newcomers and the search for solutions. Lumembo also writes articles on topics related to immigration for community publications.

Presentation Material

Mikale-Andrée Joly Erika Gates-Gasse Lumembo Tshiswaka


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