Francophone Workforce Development Council

Initiated by La Passerelle-I.D.É., the Francophone Workforce Development Council (FWDC) is a high level, cross-sectoral advisory body that works to identify strategies to expand and strengthen the Francophone bilingual talent pipeline in the Toronto region with a priority focus on enhancing the employability of Francophone youth.

The Francophone diaspora available locally is an asset for business development in the diverse, 7.7 million people-strong Francophone Canadian market – and it provides access to individuals with knowledge of and experience in a range of growing Francophone international business centres which could be leveraged to bring global business opportunities to the Toronto region. The Francophone Workforce Development Council (FWDC) will play a pivotal role in engaging private sector, government and education stakeholders in the Toronto region to build a greater awareness of the positive impact that Francophone bilingual talent could play in the economic development of the region.
The Council is comprised of senior executive officers from different Ontario ministries, the City of Toronto, telecommunications, financial institutions and other major private and public sector corporations as well as educational institutions. It is co-chaired by Ms. Léonie Tchatat, La Passerelle-I.D.É. President and CEO, and Dr. Catherine Chandler-Crichlow, President of 3C Workforce Solutions.
“Today’s Francophone Human Capital Forum is only the first of its kind. We look forward to this annual forum as an opportunity to engage stakeholders around demand-driven strategies for Ontario’s bilingual Francophone workforce development.” Léonie Tchatat, La Passerelle-I.D.É. CEO and co-chair of the Francophone Workforce Development Council.
“It is imperative, as we work towards the shared goal of effective integration of Francophone immigrant youth into the labour market, to bring all stakeholders to the table for a coordinated, evidence-based approach. We thank Mercer for this research which informed today’s discussions.” Dr. Catherine Chandler-Crichlow, co-chair of the Francophone Workforce Development Council.

Our Initiatives – Francophone Human Capital Forum (2016)

Held in November 2016, The Francophone Human Capital Forum is the first ever of its kind in Canada.
The Forum gathered senior representatives of provincial and municipal govern¬ment, private and public corporations from diverse industries, postsecondary education institutions, the not-for-profit sector and Francophone youth talent to discuss a demand-driven approach to Francophone human capital development.
At 2016`s Francophone Human Capital Forum, we were pleased to host Mercer, an internationally recognized research firm, who presented original research exploring the impact of automization on future labour market opportunities for Francophone bilingual talent in Ontario.
It was funded by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and sponsored by RBC Royal Bank and TD Canada Trust.

Our Initiatives – Francophone Human Capital Forum (2017)

We are pleased to make the Francophone Human Capital Forum an annual event. Check back soon for more details on the 2017 Francophone Human Capital Forum and to register.



The Ontario government recognized the major impact of the first-ever Francophone Human Capital Forum and congratulates La Passerelle-I.D.É. for this initiative. The economic, social and cultural development of our province relies on the successful integration of Francophone immigrants and bilingual workers into the workforce. Thanks to this Forum, La Passerelle-I.D.É. has initiated a promising approach that will enrich provincial dialogue on the professional and personal development of Francophone newcomers to Ontario.”

Hon. Marie-France Lalonde, Minister responsible for Francophone Affairs

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“Attracting Francophone immigration to Ontario, and specifically attracting Francophones to help meet our labour market needs, is a big part of our immigration strategy.”

-Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Harriet Thornhill

“We appreciate the ongoing engagement with government, various industries’ employers and La Passerelle-I.D.É. to fine-tune timely responses to employers’ bilingual Francophone talent demand.”

– Harriet Thornhill Vice-President, RBC Advice Centre, Direct Investing Contact Centre and member of the Francophone Workforce Development Council

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