"I decided to emigrate to Montreal by myself, knowing only 2 people. I enrolled in workshops offered by the Jewish community, participated in events f...
"I decided to emigrate to Montreal by myself, knowing only 2 people. I enrolled in workshops offered by the Jewish community, participated in events for young adults, and took the time to speak with other French newcomers recommended by my advisor to assist with their immigrations.
Since I was known as an enthusiastic immigrant, as well as a communications consultant and someone who wanted to give back to the community, I was offered the position of Integration Consultant for the community's Initiative France-Montréal. I am happy to have the opportunity to welcome newcomers and help them on their journeys, because I know first-hand how emotional the process can be, and how reassuring it is to benefit from personal support and an attentive ear."
Over the last year, Federation CJA has experienced a 62% increase in the number of French Jews looking for information and support to immigrate to Montreal. The Initiative France-Montréal, a multi-partner program, was created to facilitate the immigration, employment and integration process into the Montreal Jewish community.
"Two years ago, we left our friends and family in Argentina to search for a better life in Montreal. We only knew one family here who was a part of th...
"Two years ago, we left our friends and family in Argentina to search for a better life in Montreal. We only knew one family here who was a part of the Jewish community and referred us to an immigration counselor. We were welcomed and we learned a lot: how to navigate the school system, how to survive the winter, and where to access services. Trying to find housing, daycare, and jobs can be very overwhelming! We also received support in completing government forms, learning how to prepare for interviews, and adapting our CVs to Canada.
Today, I'm working, my husband is studying full-time at university and we recently welcomed our second daughter. We’ve made new friends and are enjoying life in this lively city, where each season has something great to offer. We are more than grateful for all the support we received during those early stages when we needed it the most."
Last year, close to 1,700 immigrants received support services including pre-migration consulting, arrival and settlement assistance, language courses and outings to facilitate integration into the Montreal Jewish community.
“My family and I left France in 2010 to immigrate to Montreal. Throughout our process of getting settled in, we relied on the invaluable help of the...
“My family and I left France in 2010 to immigrate to Montreal. Throughout our process of getting settled in, we relied on the invaluable help of the community. The advisors who accompanied us throughout that process are still with us today.
From the earliest steps, an advisor has supported our efforts. Once we obtained permanent residence, we fully took advantage of a mutual support network to establish ourselves and to find satisfactory jobs. From our first steps, we have been so supported that, little by little, we have found our place in Montreal's Jewish community.”
Last year, close to 1,700 immigrants received a wide range of support services including one-on-one counseling, to facilitate their integration into the Montreal Jewish community.