About the Pre-Forum
Community Engagement and the Integration of English-speaking Newcomers in Quebec
This pre-forum to the National Metropolis Conference aims to bring together representatives from various sectors and various regions to discuss how immigrants and refugees integrate Quebec society through Quebec’s English-speaking communities and institutions, including faith-based organizations. The conference, sponsored by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), will wrap up with a roundtable of community organizations, service providers, and government representatives that aims to uncover innovative ways Quebec’s English-speaking communities can – with the support of municipal, provincial, and federal government institutions – foster the vitality of English-speaking communities in Quebec through the successful integration of newcomers – both migrants from the rest of Canada and immigrants from throughout the world.
Faith-based Organizations as Integrating Factors for Newcomers
For more than three decades Quebec’s Catholic community has transformed from one largely composed of English-speakers of Irish and English descent to a community that is comprised of a wide swath of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. During the past 35 years, many of the English-speaking parishes in Montreal, Laval and the South Shore have operated as de facto landing pads for newcomers where English is the language of worship and interaction. Though most of these immigrant populations are neither French nor English-speaking, and though they are rightly working towards integration into French-speaking Quebec, many have English as their First Official Language Spoken (FOLS) and are integrating Quebec through the English-speaking community through churches. Other faith-based organizations in our community are also engaged in newcomer integration.
Pastor Eric Dyck
St. John’s Lutheran Church
Rabbi Lisa Grushcow
Temple Emanu-el-beth sholom
Fr. Francis McKee
Jesus Light of the World Parish
Director, Jesuit Refugee Service – Canada
Archidiocese of Montreal
English-speaking Catholic Council
The Role of Municipalities in Welcoming Newcomers
This panel will discuss the growing role of municipalities in welcoming and integrating migrants, immigrants, and refugees and how they can partner effectively with community institutions and non-profit organizations for success in retaining newcomers.
City of Toronto’s Newcomer Office
Présidente du comité des relations interculturelles et de la diversité de la Ville de Sherbrooke (CRID)
Other panelists to be confirmed
Réseau de soutien à l’immigration francophone de l’Est de l’Ontario (RSIFEO)
Fostering the Vitality of English-Speaking Communities in Quebec Through the Successful Integration of Newcomers
This plenary panel aims to discuss how the community, with the support of municipal, provincial and federal government institutions, can integrate newcomers into Quebec society through community groups and institutions. how these types of partnerships can better lead to positive settlement outcomes for newcomers.
David O. Johnston
Quebec Representative of the Commissioner, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages
Other participants to be confirmed
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)