KEYS Job Centre, with the support of the Law Foundation of Ontario, recently designed and delivered a series of legal education trainings for front line service providers and community leaders that work with newcomers.
This unique and innovative legal education project focused on building the capacity of our community to better understand aspects of the law and better support newcomers entering the labour force.
Over 125 community members and service providers now have a better understanding of key rights and entitlements found in the Employment Standards Act, Occupational Health& Safety Act as well employment provisions of the Immigration & Refugee Protection Act. In addition, the project provided cutting-edge understanding of racial and religious profiling and employment practices that undermine equity and justice for newcomers.
The project produced an 8-page comic, now translated into 6 languages that illustrates some of the challenges newcomers face, demonstrates the power of collective education and action and points the way to justice in the workplace for all.
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The Francophone Immigration Support Network of East of Ontario and KEYS Job Centre will co-launch a French version of this comic book on the occasion of National Francophone Immigration Week, November 4-10, 2018.
National Francophone Immigration week celebrates francophone immigration and diversity in Canada. It is an opportunity to recognize newcomers’ contributions to the vitality and dynamism of Francophone communities outside of Quebec, as well as to showcase these communities’ efforts to attract, welcome, and support the integration of newcomers.
Through consultation, planning, and the promotion of immigration partnerships and initiatives between stakeholders in the Eastern Ontario region, the network aims to foster attraction, hospitality, the successful establishment and socio-economic integration of Francophone newcomers.
French copies of Newcomers Facing Labour Struggles will be distributed to schools and organization in the Kingston area during Francophone Immigration Week.