City of Montréal - Social Diversity and Sports Department
In collaboration with the Collectif d’entreprise d’insertion sociale du Québec inc. (CEIQ) (Quebec’s business collective for employment integration), we support youths from the Black community by offering a 40-week internship program to promote social integration and employment integration. The project follows two paths:
• The “francization” cohort that targets allophone and anglophone youths who are not proficient enough in French to join the workforce
• The “Montreal North-East” cohort that targets francophone youth
Since 1988, the City of Montreal has decided to systematize the way it recognizes the diversity of its population in its municipal administration. The City adapts its services in accordance with this diversity, and has made intercultural relations a central component of its management and services. Montreal has developed recognized expertise on integrating newcomers, supporting intercultural relations, fighting discrimination, and managing diversity throughout the city.
The project revolves around the following five objectives:
• To reach 18 to 35-year-olds from visible minorities who face social exclusion and place them in job integration companies
• To develop skills conducive to social and employment integration
• To promote intercultural understanding
• To encourage participants to complete internships with the job integration companies via pre-training and additional personalized guidance
• To encourage long-term social and employment integration
The project is an initiative by the City of Montreal in collaboration with le Collectif des entreprises d’insertion du Québec (CEIQ), the project’s coordinator. It is supported by the administrative agreement between the City of Montreal and the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI) (Quebec’s department for immigration). Emploi-Québec also participates in the project. In 2004, the first phase of the project was developed. It initially targeted allophone and anglophone youths from visible minorities. The second phase of the project took off in 2009, focusing on francophone youths from visible minorities. In 2013, the project’s evaluation confirmed its structuring effects on the lives of youths in relation to its objectives.
Making a Difference:
1. The project reaches youths between the ages of 18 and 35 from visible minorities who are facing social exclusion, and places them with job integration companies.
2. The project develops skills conducive to social and employment integration.
3. The project promotes intercultural understanding.
4. The project encourages youths to complete internships with the job integration companies via activities and the intervention methods used.
Since the recruitment process only happens once a year, it has been challenging keeping youths waiting. The waiting period can be difficult for youths in precarious or emergency situations, and who would like to begin as soon as they are accepted in the program. Integrating participants into job integration within companies is equally challenging, particularly the transition from pre-training (done with a program worker) to the actual internships at the company. Several youths experience difficulty adapting to new people and following a new rhythm.
Vision for the Future:
To further develop the project so that it will reach more people.
299 of the 406 youths involved in the project have found employment or have gone back to school three months after completing their internships.
The mission of the City of Montreal’s Social Diversity and Sports Department is to promote social, economic, and cultural equity between people and communities in order to improve living conditions within the context of diversity and the City of Montreal’s mandate.