A must for newcomers, the Salon de l'immigration et de l'intégration du Québec presents its 6th edition

The results of a groundbreaking study on immigrants' needs and challenges will be disclosed

MONTREAL, May 31, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - A must-attend event that has been held annually for the last five years, the Salon de l'immigration et de l'intégration du Québec, organized by Immigrant Québec, will hold its next edition on May 31st and June 1st at Montreal's Palais des congrès. For this grand event presented by Desjardins, the results of a groundbreaking study on the needs and reality of immigrants living on the Island of Montreal will be disclosed and the City of Montreal will present a new digital tool designed to make newcomers' lives easier.

Immigration as a growth factor
"The issues related to immigration are as numerous as they are complex, but one fact remains: newcomers represent a solution to the challenges facing Quebec in terms of business succession and growth," said Jonathan Chodjaï, founder and chairman of the board of directors of Immigrant Québec. "Some 9,000 visitors representing 100 nationalities took part last year, which demonstrates the relevance of this Salon, which always offers a vast range of resources and outstanding networking opportunities for newcomers."

"Quebec recently experienced a period of job growth and many immigrants benefited from it. The Salon allows us to continue in this direction by, on the one hand, offering immigrants a chance to showcase their skills, and on the other hand, allowing Quebec employers to appreciate the potential that these people have to offer. This event fits in perfectly with the vision of our 'Together, We Are Quebec' policy because it is only as a unified force that we can build Quebec, a Francophone society that is prosperous, unified and inclusive," stated Kathleen Weil, Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion.  

A new study to better understand the reality of immigrants
To have a better understanding of the needs and types of help sought by newcomers, Immigrant Québec and the Institut de recherche sur l'intégration professionnelle des immigrants (IRIPI) conducted a study on behalf of the City of Montreal, which sheds new light on the challenges faced by immigrants, notably those related to settlement and employment. The complete results will be presented at 2:00 p.m. on May 31st during a press conference. At the same time, the City of Montreal will reveal a new digital solution that will help immigrants throughout their adjustment process.

Everything under one roof
Free for visitors, the Salon stands out once again this year by the quality, quantity and relevance of the services and information offered to visitors. Salon-goers will have access to 45 conferences and workshops, as well as 180 exhibitors, to find answers to their questions related to basic needs and adjusting to daily life. Helpful information concerning settlement, employment, training, entrepreneurship and recreational activities will be offered. Visitors will also be able to get advice about the eating habits of Quebecers and even about flirting in Quebec! In addition, 15 of Quebec's 17 regions du Québec will have representatives on site to discuss life opportunities outside the Montreal area.

"Desjardins is proud to sponsor this event. We believe that we should do everything in our power to make it easier for newcomers to start a new life here," said Monique Champagne, Client Segment Manager, Diversity. "These people enrich our businesses and our communities, which is why we need to give them a proper welcome and our support."

For this 6th edition, a new area devoted to international students will be hosted by Montréal International. Some twenty recruiters will offer internships and jobs during the two days of the Salon. Always popular, the CV corner will be back, dispensing advice on how to build and write a great curriculum vitae. The equally popular Express Hiring area will allow visitors to take part in speed interviews and apply for numerous positions in IT, industry and engineering and sales and customer service.

Big conference
A special presentation will take place at 10:30 a.m. on June 1st, during which several partners of the Salon will highlight the services that they offer newcomers. The Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion, Kathleen Weil, will address the audience. Representatives of the City of Montreal, of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, of Montréal International, of the Table de concertation des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes and of the Desjardins Group will also take the floor to welcome visitors and inform them of all the programs, products and services that they have to offer them to help them get off to a good start in Quebec.

The Salon de l'immigration et de l'intégration au Québec is presented by Desjardins and is supported by the Government of Quebec, the City of Montreal, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, Montréal International, the Table de concertation des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes (TCRI), Vidéotron and the newspaper Métro.




Opening of the 6th edition of the Salon de l'immigration et de l'intégration au Québec (SIIQ)


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

10:00 a.m.: doors open for visiting the Salon (photo and video opportunities) and possibilities for interviews with the spokespeople of Immigrant Québec
2:00 p.m.: disclosure of the results of the study on immigrants' needs and presentation of the City of Montreal's digital solution
The full program can be viewed at www.salonimmigration.com.


Palais des congrès de Montréal, 1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
Room 210



Starting at 10:00 a.m. 

Jonathan Chodjaï | founder and chair of the board of directors of Immigrant Québec
Delphine Folliet
| Managing Director of Immigrant Québec

2:00 p.m.

An elected official representing the City of Montreal
Immigrant Québec spokespeople
IRIPI spokesperson

Immigrant Québec is an information hub for immigrants. Every year it reaches over 500,000 people, both immigration applicants and newcomers, while building loyalty among a community of 177,000 people on its social networks. Its success stems from the quality and relevance of its information tools, as well as its ability to bring together professionals offering services and opportunities to newcomers. Immigrant Québec is an exclusively self-funding, independent nonprofit organization. Last year, Immigrant Québec had two anniversaries to celebrate: its 10 years of existence and the 5-year anniversary of the Salon de l'immigration et de l'intégration au Québec. For additional information, visit immigrantquebec.com.


SOURCE Immigrant Québec

For further information: Media contact: Mylène Demers, Senior Consultant, CASACOM, mdemers@casacom.ca, 514 261-5840


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