The project

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has designated the Municipality of Clare as one of Canada’s 14 welcoming Francophone communities. This three-year pilot project (2020-2023) aims to contribute to making the community of Clare more welcoming for all and to ensure that all members of the community have a positive attitude towards new immigrants, including those who wish to settle in French.

A partnership between the Municipality of Clare and the Société acadienne de Clare, CFA de Clare aims to promote inclusive leadership, equitable access to reception and settlement services, economic and employment opportunities and community-based engagement through a variety of activities and special services. It aims to support partnerships and community initiatives to help generate:

  • awareness and an environment in which newcomers will feel welcome;
  • links between newcomers and the Francophone community;
  • a response adapted to the needs of French-speaking newcomers (women, youth, visible minorities, etc.);
  • the integration (geographically and linguistically) of immigrants into Francophone communities and their desire to stay there.

To achieve this, this project aims to concentrate on the following five characteristics:

  • inclusive leadership;
  • equitable access to intake and settlement services;
  • economic, entrepreneurial and employment opportunities;
  • civic engagement and participation;
  • welcoming public spaces.

The community of Clare remains focused on bringing growth and dynamism to the region: we are investing in our public spaces, implementing a housing strategy and investing in high-speed Internet. Our community is motivated to welcome new faces to benefit from and be part of this growth.

To learn more about the community of Clare, Nova Scotia, please click here.

The Team

  • Manager, Rendez-vous de la Baie Welcome Centre
    23 Lighthouse Road,
    Université Sainte-Anne
    Church Point, Nova Scotia
    B0W 1M0
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    A graduate of Université Sainte-Anne’s Business Administration program, Jean-Paul is very knowledgeable about Clare. Whether it’s identifying essential services in the area or recommending the best rappie pie in town, Jean-Paul is here to assist visitors with their questions. Under the direction of the Municipality of Clare’s Communications Officer, some of Jean-Paul’s duties include integrating immigrants into our Francophone community with the intention of encouraging them to stay. He also manages the tourism component of the Rendez-vous de la Baie Welcome Centre during the high tourist season.

  • Cultural Facilitator, CFA de Clare
    795 Highway 1
    Comeauville, Nova Scotia
    B0W 2Z0
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    Marc-Alexandre is originally from New Brunswick but as a graduate of Université Sainte-Anne’s Business Administration program he is certainly no stranger to Clare. Under the supervision of the Executive Director of la Société acadienne de Clare, Marc-Alexandre organizes and facilitates community meetings and activities in Clare with the intention of making newcomers feel at home in their new home while also promoting the benefits of diversity and inclusion to all residents in Clare.

  • Communications Officer, Municipality of Clare
    1185 Highway 1
    Little Brook, Nova Scotia
    B0W 1M0
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    Amy Paradis has served as the Communications Officer for the Municipality of Clare since 2018. As such, she is delighted to provide and advocate for information and services in both English and French in Clare. Settling in Clare in 2016 by way of Montréal, Amy also celebrates the welcoming nature of her chosen community.

  • Executive Director, la Société acadienne de Clare
    795 Highway 1
    Comeauville, Nova Scotia
    B0W 2Z0
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    Natalie Robichaud was born and raised in Saulnierville, Nova Scotia. Since 2017, she has headed la Société acadienne de Clare as Executive Director. She leads many cultural projects and works extensively with artists in the region.

Inclusion and Diversity Committee

In order to meet all the requirements of the IRCC’s Welcoming Francophone Communities project agreement, it was required that an advisory committee be established to act as a sounding board. This may include but is not limited to: providing ideas for new activities, helping to measure the success of the overall project and ensuring that the project meets all the needs at hand. At the discretion of the CFA de Clare team, key individuals representing various roles in the community were identified with the intention of representing inclusion and diversity in the Clare community.

The members of CFA de Clare’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee are:

  • Colette Deveau (CDÉNÉ)
  • Marie Virginie Nyela (CSAP)
  • Monette Robichaud (Inclusion Clare)
  • Pam Doucet (Municipality of Clare)
  • Pierre-Alexandre Bigras (Université Sainte-Anne)
  • Sheila LeBlanc (CSAP)
  • Aziz Niang (community member)
  • Sera Senghor (community member)
  • Stéphie Leka (community member)