he holds a master in cultural engineering and communication, Sonia Idir does not pray to explain that until now, for it, “Canada, it is a hundred percent success”. Part of the reason to perform a year of civic service, she has decided to extend his stay in the place and even just recently an application for permanent residence. She now lives in the northwest Territories, the TNO, vast region where one crosses a lot less French than elsewhere in Canada, while it reserve excellent career opportunities for francophones. the Mail Expat met Sonia on the occasion of the forum Destination Canada, which takes place in Paris until November 16.
What is your course in Canada ?
I arrived in Halifax, Nova scotia, in June 2015. At the end of my year of civic service, I applied for a PVT, that I got easily. I was able to present my candidacy for a position that had come to liberate the economic development Council of Nova scotia. First RESUME is sent, the first job in the pocket ! While in France it took me six months to get a CDD after the end of my studies… I stayed a year in this position and then, within the same network but this time in the Territories of the North-West, another position is released. Same scenario : I’m applying for, I send my RESUME and I have the job !
what is your work ?
The economic development Council of the northwest Territories, I am communications officer. The role of this organization is to recruit people across Canada, whether they are canadian or immigrants, to come and work in the Territories of the North-West. We also have the mission to help francophone entrepreneurs to pitch their business and convince investors to be interested in the region. My role is to help my colleagues communicate about the different events they organise, including on the Internet and on social networks.
Have you experienced any difficulties of adaptation ?
The first time in a new country and in a city they don’t know are necessarily a little difficult, but it lasts for two weeks ! The TNO, the cities are small and there is quickly throughout the world. You can love the big cities, be like me, a Parisian and feel very good in Yellowknife, where there are 20 000 inhabitants, of which a thousand French about. The colleagues help you a lot, they quickly become friends. It must be said that there the relations bosses and employees and between colleagues are more relaxed than in France. We see each other a lot outside of work. I would add that in two and a half years in Canada I have always worked in French, while I lived first in a province, in principle, English-speaking, and that I am now in a territory that is also, in principle, English-speaking.
Your project ?
Professionally, I don’t have the projects stopped. Initially, I had planned to spend a year in Canada and I’ve been there now for two and a half years… I think that will have to remain attentive to the opportunities that present themselves, and there are many opportunities in Canada for francophones : the doors are open everywhere. It is hard to say : “Now I’m going to go back to France” so that you have better working conditions, better pay, and you do not months to get a job. For the moment, my PVT runs until July 2018 but I started the process to obtain permanent residence. I just pass the English language test mandatory in Calgary. For the rest, everything is possible…
advice for those who want to from in Canada ?
there are a lot of things to do everywhere in Canada, but don’t go where everyone goes. Where there are already a lot of French, you may be able to get a French more. The places where nobody thinks of are often the ones where there are the most opportunities. Do not hesitate : go where life is lived on a grand scale !