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April 7, 2015

CICan officially announces phase two of the CIIP

CICan has officially signed a two-year agreement (April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2017) with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for a second phase of the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP). In this new phase of the program, CICan is collaborating with an important new partner: the International Organization for Migration (IOM, which administers the Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA) project). This partnership will expand pre-arrival services and ensure consistent curricula and materials worldwide. CIIP is also partnering with the Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC) to ensure that French-speaking immigrants destined for francophone minority communities have access to pre-arrival services that include connections to appropriate supports in Canada. CIIP has provided information, planning and linkages to almost 30,000 prospective immigrants since 2007. This pre-arrival support has contributed to excellent integration outcomes for participants. CICan members and partners, such as immigrant serving agencies, sector councils, regulatory bodies, industry and professional associations have contributed to the success of CIIP over the years and will continue to play a significant role in the program.

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Red River College (RRC) and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) were recently chosen as two of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for 2015. The awards, which are given out by Canada’s Top Employers, recognize employers across Canada that have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs. BCIT was recognized for elements such as its Women’s Leadership Council and it’s Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee, while RRC was selected for elements such as its recent hiring of a full-time Workplace Equity and Diversity Coordinator and its LGBTT strategy. See the press release.
What an exciting week! I travelled to the North West Territories where I gave five presentations and had the opportunity to meet with staff at Aurora College in Yellowknife, which I had yet to visit. I also had the chance of meeting with their Board of directors. On Wednesday, the alumni and faculty of the college celebrated 20 years of nursing in the North. It was inspiring to see the hard work that nurses in the region have been doing for the past 20 years. Before the launch of the nursing program at Aurora, nursing students had to travel south to receive their education. Now, the program has evolved into a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which is offered in partnership with the University of Victoria. It was great to be able to see the nursing facilities at the college and meet with the program’s dedicated staff, such as Denise Bowen, a passionate and dedicated nurse who was recognized for her years of service at Aurora. What an inspiring event! Congratulations to Aurora for 20 years of nursing training. While in Yellowknife, I also met with the senior management of Aurora College. I was very impressed with their programs related to the development of essential skills, as well as the huge variety of programs that the college offers. The college has only been active since 1981, but they have developed greatly in such a short amount of time, and offer great programs! Following my visit to the college, I met with Jean de Dieu Tuyishime, who is the director general of the Fédération Franco-ténoise. This federation represents the French-speaking community of the Northwest Territories. Mr. Tuyishime is very dynamic and enthusiastic about the work of this group, and it was great to see how much it has evolved since its inception! Few people know that there is also a French college in the NWT, called Collège Nordique, which I also visited. I had a very production with its CEO Josée Clermont who seemed keen to join our association. I also had the pleasure of meeting with, the NWT’s minister of Education, Culture and Employment the honourable Jackson Lafferty and his deputy minister. We discussed their Skills 4 Success initiative which is looking at improving education and employment outcomes in the NWT. Finally, I spoke at an event for the Northwest Territories chapter of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC). The event was centered on policy innovation, and I was encouraged to see how vibrant and keen this chapter of IPAC is. They were great participants and very willing to discuss leadership. I greatly enjoyed speaking at this event! Thank you to IPAC NWT!


Correction We would like to apologize for a mistake in last week’s congratulations. We erroneously stated that Sylvain Lambert had been nominated as the new director general of Cépep de Granby when he will in fact leave that position to become the new director general of Cégep Édouard-Montpetit. Our sincere apologies to Mr. Lambert, to both Cégeps and to anyone who may have been confused by this mistake.

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