News Francophone Recruitment A Focus For Highway 11 Communities SHARE ON: Nick Birnie, contributor, Friday, Mar. 22nd, 2019 Photo of Kapuskasing Town Councillors (C to R) - In Blue -Sebastien Lessard, Ken Munnoch and Julien Boucher Photo by MooseFM Radio Host & Reporter Nick Birnie Recruiting Francophone employees from abroad is getting a little bit easier. This past week municipal employers from multiple Highway 11 corridor communities including Kapuskasing and Hearst were present at an info session at the Kapuskasing Golf Club. The session was focused on how these municipal employers can access federal and provincial programs within Ontario to recruit more Francophone workers from outside of the province. Kapuskasing Councillor Julien Boucher says it also gave them insight into how to better attract former residents as well. Boucher says the corridor communities are already funding a francophone immigration project. “All the Highway 11 corridor is funding a project for Francophone immigration, and they are trying to connect lots of partners like Hearst University, the Centre de Sante, so there are lots of partners across Highway 11 and its going to be a long-term project.” Boucher says the project is aimed at bringing in more bilingual workers. “Well, in a nutshell, the CDI is trying to connect the immigrants to the community and for them to know that there is a possibility here.” Representatives from Canadian embassies within France, Romania and Morocco were present at the workshop that is being put on three further times within the province and four more times along the east coast and Maritimes. The workshops are being coordinated by the Federation of Francophone and Acadian Communities of Canada and the Francophone Immigration Networks.