Across Canada, 13 Francophone Immigration Networks (Réseaux en immigration francophone, RIFs) combine the energy and know-how of over 250 partner institutions and community organizations. The RIFs bring together, more than a single organization could, all the front-line actors who play key roles in attracting, recruiting, welcoming and integrating French-speaking immigrants in Canada's Francophone and Acadian communities.
A decade after the first RIFs were created, in 2003, the networks are now present in nine provinces and two territories. Their goal is to enlist the expertise and resources of a variety of actors and sectors in order to better support immigrants, their families and the communities that welcome them. Members and partners of the RIFs include school boards, economic development organizations, colleges and universities, health care services, cultural centres, employment services, provincial and territorial governments, municipal administrations and more!
In the Maritimes, the Comité atlantique sur l'immigration francophone (CAIF), which is coordinated by the Société nationale de l'Acadie, brings together members and partners from the four regional RIFs.
The networks are...
- A flexible development model homegrown by the Francophone and Acadian communities and adapted to their realities in each province and territory;
- A point of convergence for all stakeholders representing a variety of sectors that play a role in recruiting, welcoming and supporting the settlement and integration of newcomers;
- Recognized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada as key partners that support the Government of Canada's efforts to meet Francophone immigration objectives.
More specifically, the networks...
- Ensure concerted action and promote partnerships with key players in various sectors (community, private, para-public, governmental and municipal);
- Identify the needs, weaknesses and assets of the community and newcomers in regards to the various stages of the immigration continuum;
- Develop action plans on Francophone immigration as a means to address needs, weaknesses and assets and to guide national priorities on Francophone immigration;
- Sensitize, mobilize and support communities and partners in the implementation of the Action plan on Francophone immigration;
- Play a prominent role in the implementation of French-language reception and settlement services targeted directly at the needs of French-speaking immigrants and their families.
The RIFs also coordinate various initiatives, in collaboration with the FCFA a several partners, to raise awareness on immigration and diversity. These include the National Francophone Immigration Week, as well as series of information sessions for employers on the international recruitment of French-speaking immigrants.
For more information, check out the RIFs Logic Model.
The RIFs are based in the offices of either provincial/territorial Francophone organizations or, in some cases, in the offices of other organizations offering services to immigrations. Since 2006, the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne (FCFA) du Canada has been offering the Networks support and coordination on the national level. In that role, the FCFA favors a harmonized, results-oriented approach, and encourages the promotion of best practices through in-person meetings, regular contacts and publications.
Find out more about the RIFs (in French only)