Citizens’ Summit on Living Together in Gatineau
On April 20, the City of Gatineau held its first Citizens’ Summit on Living Together.
The City of Gatineau – the second pole of immigration in Québec and a part of the fourth urban area in Canada – organized a Summit on Living Together that brought together around 200 local stakeholders, including city and community practitioners, researchers and citizens, in order to identify solutions to the social and economic integration of newcomers.
The Observatory is proud to have been associated with the Summit, along with other partners including the Ministère de l'immigration, de la diversité et de l'inclusion (Québec), the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Canadian Race Relations Fondation.
This Summit, organized at the initiative of Mr. Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, Mayor of the City of Gatineau, aimed to foster dialogue, as well as identifying common issues and best practices. Following a consultation exercise, the participants made proposals aiming to improve the participation and integration of immigrants. A series of proposals were made, compiled and prioritized during the day in order to prepare an action plan. A permanent Council of partners might be created in order to follow-up on this plan.
At the closing ceremony, the City of Gatineau officially became a member of the Observatory. We welcome them to the Observatory and we are very happy to collaborate together within this initiative.