Connexions communautaires (Community Connections)
Program staff helps Francophone newcomers adapt and integrate into the Toronto community. They help them build new social, cultural and professional networks through group activities, and by pairing them with volunteers who are well established in Toronto.
Settlement pairing makes it easier for Francophone and Francophile newcomers to establish themselves in Toronto. The program’s goal is to help Toronto Francophones and Francophiles:
- Make linguistic and cultural exchanges.
- Take part in community and recreational activities.
- Build social networks and end isolation.
- You will benefit from individual, family or group pairing with volunteers who are well established in Toronto, and have a chance to take part in a wide range of activities.
Professional pairing allows professionals (mentors) who are well established in Canada to guide and accompany Francophone new arrivals who are in the same profession, to help them understand the realities of the professional labour market and the unique features of Canada’s professional environment.
Youth Pairing, and Camp Discovery 1.0
The youth pairing component helps young newcomers integrate into the Ontario school system and Canadian society. This program helps young participants:
- Build relationships with young people who are well established in Canada.
- Develop an understanding of Canadian culture and an openness to new cultures.
- Stay active during the summer.
This program allows participants to:
- Develop skills that are useful in the workplace, in personal and family life, and in Canadian society.
- Practise their French and discover new cultures.
- Take part in social and professional networking activities.
- Enjoy a feeling of achievement and a sense of belonging to a diverse group that works together to improve and enrich Francophone life in Toronto.
Unifying Activities: Circle of Integration, English-French Circle of Conversation, Seniors Circle of Conversation, Café-Franco, monthly outings, Special Events (i.e. volunteer appreciation party, year-end brunch, Galerie en Folie, Spring Break activities, soccer tournament, winter outing, cultural and tourist outings (including trip to Niagara Falls), etc.).
Series of 10 information sessions to help participants prepare for the citizenship exam. Open only to permanent residents and accepted refugees. The Citizenship Program also helps participants integrate into the Toronto community by hosting outings to get acquainted with the city.
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Call us at 416-203-1220, ext. 227.