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Au cœur du développement économique francophone depuis plus de 65 ans!
At the heart of francophone economic development fo...
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Conseil de la Coopération de la Saskatchewan
1440 9th
Avenue North, suite 205
Regina, SK S4R 8B1
Telephone: 306-566...
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Table of Contents
Vision, Mission, Mandate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...
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Vision
The Fransaskois community plays a vital role in the economic growth of the province.
Mission
The CCS contrib...
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Personnel
Administration
Robert Therrien – Excutive Director
Kouamé N’Goandi – Manager - Accountability
Manon Guy –...
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President’s Message
I eagerly accepted the position of President of the Board of the Conseil de la Coopération
de l...
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Director’s Message
Continuity and preparation for the coming years marked the 2013-2014 year for the CCS.
We have a...
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Business Sector
Business Services
The aim of business services provided by the CCS is to stimulate the creation, de...
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Business Sector
BRAVO Business Awards
The winner of the Castor (Beaver) was announced on Saturday, June 8, at an aw...
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Business Sector
“Bienvenue” Decals
In October 2013, the CCS launched a program for the display of “Bienvenue” (Wel...
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Business Sector
“I was just curious and, in the end, I wasn’t at all disap-
pointed. I learned a lot. I found the ...
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Business Sector
Business Opportunities with the Federal Government
In November 2013 and February 2014, the Conseil...
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Business Sector
Workshop – Starting a Family Child Care Home
Early childhood has always been
and continues to be a...
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Job Fairs
The goal of job fairs is to establish a network of contacts between employers and immigrant
job seekers ...
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In all, 745 people participated in the five Job Fairs; 375 were women (50%) and 372 were
men (50%). Of the particip...
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Business Sector
Young Canada Works (YCW)
Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages is a program administered by...
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Community Sector
Community Self-Assessment Meetings
On November 4, 5, and 7 respectively, Regina, Ponteix and Zeno...
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Community Sector
Tourist Guide, La Saskatchewan et ses attraits
A new edition of the tourist guide La Saskatchewan...
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Community Sector
Economuseun and Geocaching Projects
In the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the CCS began two projects aimed...
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Community Sector
Geocaching
Geocaching is a treasure hunt using a GPS (Global Positioning System). People
around t...
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Community Sector
Hunting, Fishing and Camping Tradeshow
The Conseil de la Coopération de la Saskatchewan (CCS) att...
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Capacity Building Sector
Meeting in Regina of RDÉE Communications Officers
The national round table of the communic...
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Capacity Building Sector
Memorandum of Understanding between the CCS and the ACF
Prior to the June 8 BRAVO Busines...
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Funding Agencies, Members,
Partners/Collaborators
Funding Agencies:
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC...
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  1. 1. Au cœur du développement économique francophone depuis plus de 65 ans! At the heart of francophone economic development for over 65 years! 205 - 1440 9th Avenue N. Regina, SK S4R 8B1 1-800-670-0879 www.ccs-sk.ca Annual Report 2013-2014
  2. 2. Page 2 Conseil de la Coopération de la Saskatchewan 1440 9th Avenue North, suite 205 Regina, SK S4R 8B1 Telephone: 306-566-6000/1-800-670-0879 info@ccs-sk.ca www.ccs-sk.ca Coordination: Catheline d’Auteuil Writing and editing: Catheline d’Auteuil Translation: Joanne Bonneville Graphic Design: InfoGraphiques – Nathalie Franck
  3. 3. Page 3 Table of Contents Vision, Mission, Mandate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Board Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 President’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Director’s Message. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Business Sector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 • Business Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 • BRAVO Business Awards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 • “Bienvenue” Decals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 • Êtes-vous business?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 • Business Opportunities with the Federal Government . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 • Workshop – Starting a Family Child Care Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 • Job Fairs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 • Young Canada Works (YCW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Community Sector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 • Community Self-Assessment Meetings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 • Tourist Guide, La Saskatchewan et ses attraits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 • Economuseun and Geocaching Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 • Hunting, Fishing and Camping Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Capacity Building Sector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 • Meeting in Regina of RDÉE Communications Officers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 • Memorandum of Understanding between the CCS and the ACF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Funding Agencies, Members, Partners / Collaborators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
  4. 4. Page 4 Vision The Fransaskois community plays a vital role in the economic growth of the province. Mission The CCS contributes to the viable, sustainable and innovative economic development of the Fransaskois community through tools, expertise and knowledge. Mandate As a leader in economic development, the CCS is committed to offering programs and services that: a) Help the Fransaskois community implement diversified economic development strategies and initiatives b) Provide support for community economic development c) Support the creation and expansion of Francophone cooperatives and businesses d) Facilitate networking and the promotion of Fransaskois economic stakeholders Board Members Amadou Djigo – President Jean Fouillard – Vice-president Monique Lafrenière – Secretary Annette Labelle – Treasurer Raymond D. Lepage – Administrator Ron Wassill – Administrator Jean Marc Lepage – Administrator Robert Lalonde – Administrator Gaston de la Sablonnière – Administrator
  5. 5. Page 5 Personnel Administration Robert Therrien – Excutive Director Kouamé N’Goandi – Manager - Accountability Manon Guy – Administrative Assistant - Accountant Catheline d’Auteuil – Communications Coordinator Mélissa Bouffard – Projects and Communications Analyst* Economic Development Advisors Ildephonse Bigirimana Robert Carignan Gérald Gareau Cécile LeBlanc-Turner Sylvain Lejeune Jean de Dieu Ndayahundwa Stéphane Rémillard Anne Yvette Sibomana* Young Canada Works Papi Tshiswaka – Prinicipal Coordinator Alexandra Komoé – Regional Coordinator Célia Michaud – Regional Coordinator* Projects Félicité Nibogora – Coordinator - Economic Integration of Francophone Immigrants
  6. 6. Page 6 President’s Message I eagerly accepted the position of President of the Board of the Conseil de la Coopération de la Saskatchewan for 2013-2014. As President, I would describe the past year as one of action. I would note that, in carrying out their daily work, the eight businesses who received 2013 BRAVO Business Awards in Regina in 2013 are contributing to the current economic growth of our province. As a leader in economic development in Saskatchewan, the CCS has always been committed to providing programs and services to support our communities and to assist and support business people in their work on projects related to the economy. We will continue to take the lead on important files and to play a major role in the economic development of our Francophone minority communities. Itisclearthatdemographicchangesinrecentyearshaveledtoeverincreasingdemandandgreater challenges, which the CCS has been able to meet. A concrete example of this is the “Êtes-vous business?” project, which has been a success since its inception. In the interest of contributing to the development of tourism, we are working on a geocaching and an economuseum project. More than mere words, the memorandum of agreement signed by the CCS and the ACF is the result of our common desire to work together on the global development of the Fransaskois community, to share a common vision, and to attain meaningful results, while supporting each other in our respective roles. While we are continuing to successfully meet the challenges associated with important issues, new projects are in development for next year.All of this is made possible by our funding agencies, such as Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), formerly Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Canadian Heritage (PCH), and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). We thank them for their support. Thank you for the confidence that you have shown me in my term as President of the Conseil de la Coopération de la Saskatchewan. I would like to thank the members of the board for their support and their unfailing commitment to the matters for which we are responsible. I would be remiss if I did not thank our Executive Director, Robert Therrien, and all the staff of the Conseil de la Coopération de la Saskatchewan, without whom the challenges could not have been met. Amadou Djigo
  7. 7. Page 7 Director’s Message Continuity and preparation for the coming years marked the 2013-2014 year for the CCS. We have always offered a range of services and programs to the Fransaskois community. Our areas of intervention continue to be support for the development of entrepreneurship, advisory services to businesses, community economic development, and support for labour market development. In preparation for the coming years, the CCS carried out three studies last year: one on the potential for developing an economuseum network in the province; one on the development of a geocaching project in the province; and another on strategies for attracting Francophone immigrant investors. Among other things, these studies provided us with directions for follow-up in various areas, which you will find in our annual programming. In 2012-2013, the CCS worked with the ACF and the Institut français to conduct a community consultation process. In spite of our efforts, very little was clearly identified during these consultations with respect to economic development in our communities. To learn more, theCCSheldthreesessionsonself-assessmentofcommunitycapacityforeconomicdevelopment in the communities of Ponteix, Regina, and Zenon Park. These assessments allowed people in these regions to thoroughly analyze their current situation and to look ahead to the coming years. The CCS intends to follow up with these communities in the months and years ahead. ItisclearthatimmigrationisbecomingincreasinglyimportantinSaskatchewan.IntheFrancophone community, several members of the Réseau d’immigration francophone (RIF) (Francophone Immigration Network) in Saskatchewan provide programs and services. For the last three years, the CCS has been offering a variety of programs and services to facilitate the economic integration of newcomers. Our job fair format was so popular that our Anglophone counterparts in immigration services decided to offer the same kind of program.This means that we, the CCS, will have to be creative in order to increase the services we offer to these clients. There is growing recognition that we must constantly modify what we are doing to be as effective as possible in delivering services to our community. One of the first things we need is to be more aware of the trends and the opportunities before us. For this reason, we have begun to do research and to publish data on the provincial economy and on sectors that hold promise for the future. Our community must put itself in a position to provide (Francophone) added value to the majority community. The CCS was able to meet the various challenges it faced during the year and to achieve positive results. We acknowledge with gratitude the funding provided by our principal funding agencies (WD,ESDC, CIC, and PCH). I would also acknowledge the contribution and continuing dedication of the members of our board and all the staff of the CCS. May the economic prosperity of our community continue for many years to come! Thank you to everyone. Enjoy reading the report! Robert Therrien
  8. 8. Page 8 Business Sector Business Services The aim of business services provided by the CCS is to stimulate the creation, development, and growth of Francophone businesses in Saskatchewan. To see that these activities that make Francophone economic development in the province possible are carried out, seven economic development officers (EDO) have the task of providing services and support to businesses. For 2013-2014, these officers were: Ildephonse Bigirimana, Robert Carignan, Gérald Gareau, Cécile LeBlanc-Turner, Sylvain Lejeune, Jean de Dieu Ndayahundwa and Anne Yvette Sibomana. During 2013-2014, there were 146 interventions carried out with individuals and business people in the Fransaskois community. These included assistance with the development of business, marketing, and promotional plans, and with loan applications, business incorporation or registration procedures, strategic planning and searches for information. These interventions by CCS economic development officers make it possible to create, maintain, and even expand businesses, in addition to encouraging the growth of the labour market related to such economic development. Funding Agencies: WD, ESDC “The Debden Heritage Manor development committee has had the pleasure of working withGéraldGareau,economic development officer for the Conseil de la Coopération de la Saskatchewan (CCS), for twelve years, doing research, planning, creating a business plan, doing projections and marketing, in an effort to build and open our retirement home for senior citizens. We really hope to be able to continue working with Gérald on marketing, policies and procedures, contracts, and many other matters related to the home, and also for all our future projects in Debden.” – Philbert Demers, Past President, Debden Heritage Manor, Debden
  9. 9. Page 9 Business Sector BRAVO Business Awards The winner of the Castor (Beaver) was announced on Saturday, June 8, at an awards banquet held at the Travelodge in Regina. Claire Bélanger-Parker, owner of Management Group Inc./ Groupe Gestion CNT Inc., and winner of the Castor, was warmly applauded by the crowd of around one hundred people. Ms Bélanger-Parker was very moved when she came forward to accept the Castor from Sylvia Kreutzer, owner of Over the Hill Orchards and previous winner of the award in 2011. In her speech, Ms Bélanger-Parker said that she was “very surprised to receive this award because there were other very good businesses in the competition. It is a very great honour to receive this award.” Two other trophies were also awarded, in the “Service Sector” and “Micro-Enterprise” categories. Management Group Inc./Groupe Gestion CNT Inc. was awarded the Service Sector trophy, and Dan’s Flying Service received the Micro-Enterprise trophy. All eight finalists received a certificate in recognition of their nominations for the 2013 BRAVO Business Awards – 4th Edition. Other businesses nominated in the Service Sector category were the Bouquinerie Gravel Bookstore, Saskatoon Home Pools (1985)Inc., and UltraSafe Water Solutions; in the Micro-Enterprise category, the nominees were Cherlock and Safe, Complexio Services, and Paquet. ca – Solutions Web Inc. Funding Agencies: WD, ESDC Claire Bélanger-Parker, owner of Management Group Inc./Groupe Gestion CNT Inc., winner of the 2013 Castor
  10. 10. Page 10 Business Sector “Bienvenue” Decals In October 2013, the CCS launched a program for the display of “Bienvenue” (Welcome) decals to promote the provision of services in French in Saskatchewan. Initially, the program was aimed at those involved in tourism. Continued economic growth, together with a low rate of unemployment in Saskatchewan, are attracting people from everywhere to the province.The number of Francophones coming to settle in Saskatchewan is also on the rise and the need for services in French is growing considerably. This is what has motivated the CCS to expand this program, beginning in the 2014-2015 fiscal year, to include all businesses and institutions in all social and economic sectors. Three decals have been created, to correspond to different levels of French. The blue decal indicates that French is always spoken; the green decal indicates that French is spoken on request; and, the yellow decal indicates that French is promoted, in other words, that there is information and advertizing available in French (written, visual, or web site). The ultimate goal of the CCS is to have a complete directory of French-language services offered throughout the province. On March 31, 2014, at the close of the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the CCS had signed 42 memoranda of agreement under the display of Bienvenue decals program. The directory will be made widely available and it will be updated annually. Funding Agencies / Partner: WD, EDSC, ECONOMUSEUM Network Society
  11. 11. Page 11 Business Sector “I was just curious and, in the end, I wasn’t at all disap- pointed. I learned a lot. I found the workshops interesting, I knew something about the topics presented, and I found it personally enriching.” – Josiane Barebereho, Regina participant Êtes-vous business? In the past, the Êtes-vous business? workshops were offered over a longer period of time and were of particular interest to potential business people. These people expressed an interest in having the same type of workshops, in a shorter format. The CCS acted on their suggestion and, at the same time, decided to offer its workshops on a variety of topics to a wider audience. Based on comments from participants, the new format is succeeding in meeting their expectations. Between September 2013 and March 2014, ten such workshops were offered in the communities of Regina, Saskatoon, and Lloydminster. The topics selected were: Six Steps for Starting a Business (in two parts); Taxation and Operating a Business; and Analysing and Interpreting Financial Statements. In all, 75 people were able to take advantage of the free information provided at these CCS workshops, 45 in Saskatoon (2 by webinar), 26 in Regina, and 4 in Lloydminster. People living outside Regina and Saskatoon expressed an interest in attending workshops given by the CCS. In response to this demand, the CCS decided to offer two of the four workshops by webinar, a delivery method it plans to use again next year. When they heard about the new format, two people from Saskatoon decided to take advantage of it. The CCS considers the Êtes-vous business project to have been a success in 2013-2014. Mr Nicodème Ntakaburimo, a workshop participant, “think(s) it’s a good idea for the CCS to organize workshops like these. It allows people who want to go into business to validate and enrich what they are doing. In my opinion, these workshops help anyone wanting to start a business to get a clearer picture so they can decide whether or not to proceed.The CCS provides them with assistance and support”. Funding Agencies: WD, EDSC, CIC, Canadian Heritage Mr Nicodème Ntakaburimvo (far left) and Anne Yvette Sibomana (4th from right), EDA, with the participants at the “Êtes-vous business?” workshop in Saskatoon
  12. 12. Page 12 Business Sector Business Opportunities with the Federal Government In November 2013 and February 2014, the Conseil de la Coopération de la Saskatchewan (CCS) decided to offer interested business people a workshop on how to do business with the federal government. Some businesses have the potential to provide the goods and services the federal government is seeking but they do not know what procedure to follow to respond to their calls for tender. With this workshop, businesses receive information that enables them to take the appropriate steps to make a submission to government purchasers. Tender notices for the procurement of goods and services can be viewed on a Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) web site that is administered by the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and Strategic Engagement. In all,18 people attended this workshop.While attendance was low, the workshop was well received. Four people attended the November 13 workshop in Regina; seven attended the November 26 workshop in Saskatoon; and seven attended the February 13 workshop in Prince Albert, as well. All three workshops were led by Mario Giguère, procurement officer for Public Works and Government Services Canada. Funding Agencies: WD, EDSC Mario Giguère, workshop leader
  13. 13. Page 13 Business Sector Workshop – Starting a Family Child Care Home Early childhood has always been and continues to be a very active sector, even more so recently in the Francophone community. Francophone early learning centres are having difficulty meeting the growing demand, particularly in the larger cities like Regina and Saskatoon. To remedy the situation, the Conseil de la Coopération de la Saskatchewan (CCS) took the initiative of making members of the Francophone community aware of the business opportunities available to them. Opening your own family child care home can meet two needs: it provides Francophone child care and it allows you to be your own boss. Of course, certain criteria have to be met in order to obtain a licence from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education. That is why this workshop to provide people with information on the procedure they must follow to open their own family child care home was offered three times, on October 3, 2013, November 14, 2013, and February 21, 2014. A total of 20 people participated in this workshop. Following the workshops, three people began the procedure to open their own family child care home, one of which is currently operational. Funding Agencies: WD, EDSC “Working with Gérald from the CCS is truly a pleasure. He was very intuitive in seeing and identifying what I wanted (concept, marketing, etc.) and what I needed (business plan, projections, etc.) to get my business going. That’s very practical when you’re starting a business. Working with him is very motivating. I intend to continue working with the CCS as my business grows and becomes successful.” – Chantées Massages & Reflexology, Chantelle Wiebe Ildephonse Bigirimana, EDA, leading the workshop in Regina
  14. 14. Page 14 Job Fairs The goal of job fairs is to establish a network of contacts between employers and immigrant job seekers so that the newcomers can be integrated into the labour market as quickly as possible. The key element of these fairs is that they take a proactive approach with employers, in an effort to make them aware of the opportunities immigrants provide in terms of meeting their labour needs. Five fairs were held during 2013- 2014,two in Regina,two in Saskatoon, and one in Prince Albert. These fairs were successful because we were able to work with various partners, namely, the Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise (ACF), Can-Sask Career Employment Services, International Women of Saskatoon (IWS),Newcomer Information Centre (NIC), Prince Albert Multicultural Council, Regina Immigrant Women Centre (RIWC), Saskatchewan Intercultural Association (SIA), Saskatoon Open Door Society (SODS), The Global Gathering Place, and the YWCA. Business Sector February Job Fair in Saskatoon
  15. 15. Page 15 In all, 745 people participated in the five Job Fairs; 375 were women (50%) and 372 were men (50%). Of the participants, 447 (60%) identified themselves as permanent residents and 105 (14%) as Canadian citizens. Ninety-two employers attended; 27 of these were there for the first time and 65 had participated in earlier fairs. They came from a variety of sectors, including insurance, commerce, construction, services, and transportation. The CCS believes that Job Fairs are essential to the integration of newcomers and in this way, they contribute to the growth of Saskatchewan businesses and the provincial economy. Funding Agencies / Partners: WD, ESDC, CID, ACF, IWS, NIC, the Prince Albert Multicultural Council, RIWC, SIA, SODS, The Global Gathering Place, the City of Saskatoon, and the YWCA. Business Sector In my work, I have taken part, with CIME (Centre d’intégration au marché d’emploi – Centre for integration into the labour market) interns, in two Conseil de la Coopération de la Saskatchewan fairs . At these fairs, the interns always had an opportunity to meet employers and to offer their services. Each time, the interns were able to get an interview, and two of them even got jobs through the fairs. -Mandickou Ngom – Trainer, CIME Program, Saskatoon
  16. 16. Page 16 Business Sector Young Canada Works (YCW) Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages is a program administered by the CCS and funded by Canadian Heritage that allows young Canadian students, as well as permanent residents, between the ages of 16 and 30, to gain practical work experience related to their field of study. The CCS acts as the delivery agency for the Young Canada Works program in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. The program is intended for employers in not-for-profit organizations and the private, community, and public sectors, who are interested in hiring students. Employers are eligible for wage subsidies amounting to as much as 70% of student salaries. In 2013-2014, 74 positions were created overall in the two provinces and two territories. Funding Agency: Canadian Heritage YCW summer student
  17. 17. Page 17 Community Sector Community Self-Assessment Meetings On November 4, 5, and 7 respectively, Regina, Ponteix and Zenon Park were the sites of community self-assessment meetings to assess the community’s capacity for community economic development (CED). Twenty-eight people participated in the exercises in these three Francophone communities. Participants came from various sectors, depending on the community, and included business people, community organizations, private citizens, a variety of community leaders (mayor, councillor, committees), and others (credit union, tourism). The goal of the exercise was to develop targets to be met in the communities to enable them to increase their capacity for community economic development (CED). Consultant Maurice Chiasson led the interactive workshops. Those in attendance were invited to interact by expressing their opinions and asking questions about each of the four dimensions of CED. Each of these dimensions was assessed from the perspective of four community assets, and each asset was associated with specific topics. The stages of capacity-building of each community reflect its progress in CED for each of the dimensions, through each asset and topic. Following the meetings, a report was produced for each community. The three reports can be viewed on the CCS web site at www.ccs-sk.ca. Funding Agencies: WD, EDSC Regina “The exercise was positive and we could have spent more time on discussion and further reflection. We have the community at heart. I am optimistic about its future.” Ponteix “A lot of work was accom- plished in this exercise. However,therehastobesome follow-up.The discussion and suggestions about priorities will be useful, we hope, for community stakeholders.” Zenon Park “We appreciate the fact that the CCS chose Zenon Park for this exercise. Very relevant for the community!” Maurice Chiasson (far left), consultant, leads the group discussin at Zenon Park.
  18. 18. Page 18 Community Sector Tourist Guide, La Saskatchewan et ses attraits A new edition of the tourist guide La Saskatchewan et ses attraits was published in November 2013. Like the earlier edition, this publication highlights the extensive opportunities for tourism offered by Francophone areas in Saskatchewan. Produced by the Conseil de la Coopération de la Saskatchewan (CCS), the aim of the guide is to present the history of cities, towns, and villages in which the Fransaskois (official name of Saskatchewan Francophones) live, as well as various provincial attractions, including celebrations and festivals, provincial parks and its people. Since the guide’s release, many people have commented positively on its format, print quality, and content. Photographs have been added to give people a taste of the province’s vast prairies and also of its lakes and forests, with views of magnificent sunsets in a variety of settings. To make exploring the province of “the living skies” even more enjoyable, two tourist routes and one trail have been included toward the end of the guide. These are the Circuit VR (Red Coat Trail Route) and the Circuit historique (Historical Route), focussing on the southern part of the province, along with the Piste des métis (Métis Trail), which focuses more on the northern area of the province. 37,500 copies of the guide have been printed and are being distributed in Saskatchewan, across Canada, and abroad. Funding Agencies: WD, ESDC
  19. 19. Page 19 Community Sector Economuseun and Geocaching Projects In the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the CCS began two projects aimed at enhancing economic development in Francophone regions and highlighting traditional know-how in Saskatchewan Francophone communities. After a year of research and promotion, these projects will be developed in the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Economuseum The economuseum project involves bringing together small artisanal businesses known for the quality and authenticity of their know-how. These businesses are open to the public to allow people to see, on site, how the product is made from beginning to end. On-site sales of products allow businesses in the network to be financially self-sufficient. Because the sharing of traditional ways of doing things is often involved, heritage, museological, and pedagogical elements are all part of the econo- museum model. In consideration of the know-how of Francophones living in rural settings in Saskatchewan, who are interested in preserving traditional occupations that make up the living intangible heritage of the Francophone community, the CCS is committed to introducing the economuseum model in Saskatchewan as a means of contributing to the diversification of the development of tourism and of rural communities. “In passing, I would like to tell you that I have already had several comments on the new brochure La Saskatchewan et ses attraits: very good! The format, print quality and layout, as well as the information, make this a very useful little guide book for our Francophone visitors. Now, we are anxious to receive the brochures on tourist routes!” – Rose Le Calvez, Bilingual Travel Counsellor, Tourism Saskatchewan Susan Nadon, consultant, presents the Economuseum project
  20. 20. Page 20 Community Sector Geocaching Geocaching is a treasure hunt using a GPS (Global Positioning System). People around the world interested in outdoor adventure are participating in it. The object of the activity is to find containers (geocaches) hidden outdoors and to share the experience on-line with the geocaching community. Through this activity, people discover beautiful and unknown spots everywhere in Canada, and around the world. There are 625 caches in Saskatchewan. It is also an activity which can involve the whole family. By developing this project, the CCS wishes to highlight Francophone sites and tourist attractions situated in Francophone areas of Saskatchewan. Funding Agencies / Partner: WD, EDSC, ECONOMUSEUM Network Society “The Auvergnois would like to thank the CCS, this year, for its contribution to the community of Ponteix through the YCW Program, the Prix BRAVO 2013, and the self-assessment provided for the community. Once again, our community was able to welcome a young Francophone employee who came to help our community team. She took her work as a community assistant to heart and was involved with the volunteers at the Notukeu Museum. Daniel Roberge, a young local business man, was recognized in the BRAVO 2013 awards. Lastly, members of the community had access in November 2013 to a self-assessment process that enabled it to demonstrate the impact of community economic development. This productive session resulted in a well documented report that painted an accurate picture of Ponteix, showing what has been accomplished and the future challenges to be met. Thank you again to the CCS for this invaluable support!” – Cindy Legrand, Centre Culturel Royer-Les Auvergnois de Ponteix Inc. Jean de Dieu Ndayahundwa, EDA, presents the Geocaching project
  21. 21. Page 21 Community Sector Hunting, Fishing and Camping Tradeshow The Conseil de la Coopération de la Saskatchewan (CCS) attended the “Hunting, Fishing and Camping Tradeshow” at Place Bonaventure in Montreal, from February 20 to 23, with its Hunting and Fishing booth sporting a brand new look. The objective for participating in this tradeshow originated in a pilot project established to assess the interest of people from Eastern Canada, particularly from Quebec, in coming to hunt big game and migratory birds in southwestern Saskatchewan. The pilot project involves the communities of Gravelbourg, Ponteix, and Willow Bunch. Ponteix has agreed to play a special role in the pilot project by facilitating the coordination. Several hunters expressed an interest in making a hunting trip to Saskatchewan. However, some sought assurances that there would be French-language services available and they also wanted to know whether the local communities would be prepared to welcome them to their hunting areas. Saskatchewan and its people are very welcoming. We were able to reassure the hunters on this point because preliminary work had been done in this regard with the communities involved. These people need only come to Saskatchewan to see that it really is possible to hunt in the Prairies, even in French. The size of the game is proof that the trip would be worthwhile. Funding Agencies / Partner: WD, ESDC, Tourism Saskatchewan
  22. 22. Page 22 Capacity Building Sector Meeting in Regina of RDÉE Communications Officers The national round table of the communications branch of RDÉE Canada (National Francophone Economic Development Network) was held from March 4 to 6, at the Double Tree Hotel in Regina. Fourteen people from all parts of Canada, except Quebec, were pleasantly surprised to get to know Saskatchewan, specifically Regina. At this meeting, Robert Therrien, Director of the Conseil de la Coopération de la Saskatchewan (CCS), made a presentation on Saskatchewan’s Francophone communities and provided an economic portrait of the province. Several in attendance were surprised to learn that wheat is not Saskatchewan’s only important resource. There were a number of Francophone activities, as well, because the Rendez-vous de la francophonie was also taking place in March. The group of 15 went to the Legislative Building at noon hour on March 5 for the official proclamation of the Journée de la Francophonie. Olympic athlete Chelsea Valois, originally from Zenon Park, spoke at the event about her participation in the Olympic Games in Sochi and the importance of speaking French. At 5 p.m., following their afternoon meetings, the communications officers attended a reception given by the Honourable D. Wayne Elhard, Provincial Secretary. The meeting of communications officers continued until noon the following day. Some were able to visit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Heritage Centre before returning to their own part of the country. Everyone was pleasantly surprised to discover Regina, in spite of their busy meeting schedule! Funding Agencies / Partners: EDSC, RDÉE Canada, membres of RDÉE Canada 1st row, from left to right: Nancy Roussel (RDÉE Nouveau-Brunswick), Caroline LeBlanc (CDÉNÉ), Marie-Pier Bergeron (RDÉE Terre-Neuve-et- Labrador), Christophe Caron (director, RDÉE Terre-Neuve-et- Labrador), Catheline d’Auteuil (CCS), Antoine Gagnon (CDÉTNO) et Rita Couture (SDÉ). 2nd row: Julie Gagné (communications administrator, RDÉE Canada), Marie-Ève Larocque (RDÉE Ontario), Patrick L. Doyon (external relations administrator, RDÉE Canada), Francis Essebou (CDÉA), Nancy Power (AFY), François Fortin (Carrefour Nunavut), Raymond Arsenault (RDÉE Île-du-Prince- Édouard) et Suzanne Druwé (CDEM).
  23. 23. Page 23 Capacity Building Sector Memorandum of Understanding between the CCS and the ACF Prior to the June 8 BRAVO Business Awards banquet, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by the Conseil de la Coopération de la Saskatchewan (CCS) and the Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise (ACF). The goal of this agreement, signed by Amadou Djigo, President of the CCS, and Françoise Sigur-Cloutier, President of the ACF, is to clearly define the framework for collaboration between the two organizations. The main principle set out in this MOU is the recognition by the CCS and the ACF of the need for close collaboration with respect to the global development of the Fransaskois community and of the importance of sharing a common vision, which will make it possible to achieve meaningful results by working together. Clearly defining the respective roles and responsibilities of each of the organizations makes it possible to identify ways to align them, with a view to establishing a healthy and productive collaboration for the benefit of the Fransaskois community. The respective roles and responsibilities are: the CCS is the spokesperson and the organization responsible for the economic development of the Fransaskois community; and, the ACF is the governing body responsible for the global development of the community. The way in which each organization collaborates must respect its own roles and responsibilities, so that a system can be established to ensure the global development of the Fransaskois community. This memorandum of understanding fulfils the requirements of the community’s Global Development Plan (GDP), which provides for greater consultation and better partnerships between Francophone organizations. Amadou Djigo, president of the CCS, and Françoise Sigur-Cloutier, president of the ACF, sign the memorandum of understanding
  24. 24. Page 24 Funding Agencies, Members, Partners/Collaborators Funding Agencies: Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Canadian Heritage (PCH) Member of: Coopératives et mutuelle Canada (CMC) Organisme francophone à vocation économique de l’Ouest (OFVÉ) Réseau de développement économique et d’employabilité (RDÉE Canada) Réseau d’immigration francophone en Saskatchewan (RIF) Partners/Collaborators: Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise (ACF) Fransaskois communities Conseil culturel fransaskois (CCF) Conseil des écoles fransaskoises (CÉF) Global and Gathering Place (The) Government of Saskatchewan International Women of Saskatoon (IWS) Institut français at the University of Regina Junior Achievement of Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy Saskatchewan Ministry of Education Newcomer Information Centre (NIC) Prince Albert Multicultural Council ICI Radio-Canada Saskatchewan Regina Immigrant Women Centre (RIWC) Regina Open Door Society (RODS) Regina Regional Opportunities Commission (RROC) Saskatchewan Co-operative Association (SCA) Saskatchewan Intercultural Association (SIA) Saskatoon Open Door Society (SODS) Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) ECONOMUSEUM Network Society Tourism Saskatchewan City of Saskatoon YWCA – Prince Albert

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