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Hawkesbury, August 19th, 2014 – For a 2nd consecutive year, Eastern Ontario will be present at the National Job Fair in Montreal which will be held next October 16th and 17th at Place Bonaventure. This year, a consortium was created in an effort to maximize the impact on visitors of the Fair and the Montreal population in regards to promoting the beautiful Prescott-Russell region, its opportunities, as well as the strength of its francophone community. This project was initiated by Élargir l’espace francophone and includes the municipalities of Hawkesbury, Clarence-Rockland and Casselman, the Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien (CSDCEO) and the Employment Services Centre (CSEPR).

“Participation in this Job Fair by the Employment Services Centre follows an invitation received from the cities of Hawkesbury and Clarence-Rockland who requested our support in regards to employment opportunities available in the region,” said André Roy, Executive Director for the CSEPR. “We gladly accepted the invitation. This opportunity is an excellent occasion to promote our region to a vast population of individuals who might be interested in moving to our area. Along with bringing skills that are rare or non-existent in our counties, we will also contribute into improving our local economy. And with this in mind, we are sending out an invitation to all employers of Prescott-Russell who have – or expect to have – some specific positions they want to fill, to contact our Job Developers. Along with the Centre’s regular Job Bank, we hope to bring to the National Job Fair specialized job opportunities for which local candidates are rare,” concluded Roy.

For the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Mr. René Berthiaume, the presence of his municipality at the National Job Fair in Montreal is meaningful. The strategic location of the city on the borders of Quebec and Ontario, along with the current growth of many industries in the region such as Health, Customer Service, Aerospace, Transport, Agriculture and many more, fully justifies the presence of the municipality at this event.

“We are glad to participate in the National Job Fair in Montreal”, stated Marcel Guibord, Mayor of the City of Clarence-Rockland. Being at the heart of economic development in Eastern Ontario, the City of Clarence-Rockland is a bilingual community where commerce is expanding, thus creating more job opportunities.

An invitation is sent out to Prescott-Russell employers who have positions to fill and who would like to receive free support from the Employment Services Centre, to please contact our Job Developers: Murielle Huneault Pilon, Job Developer for Prescott at 613.632.0179 and France Gareau or Marie-Pier Duchesne, Job Developers for Russell, at 613.446.4189.


Employment Services Centre (CSEPR) is a not-for-profit corporation with 3 offices serving the vast region of Prescott-Russell. Sole organisation dispensing all employment services for the region, it is funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities for the Employment Ontario program, as well as the Ministry of Community and Social Services for the Ontario Disability Support Program, and gets funding for the Ontario Works program from the  United Counties of Prescott-Russell as well. The Centre aims to accompany and support all types of clienteles in search of work or reintegrating the workforce, as well as supporting regional employers with their staffing needs. The Centre offers a complete line of tools and resources to its different clienteles, including several subsidized programs, and through its vocation, contributes in an important way to the region’s economic development.

About the municipality of Hawkesbury

The city of Hawkesbury is located on the banks of the Ottawa River and is composed of a bilingual community of more than 10 000 inhabitants. It has a team whose efforts and time are dedicated towards the attraction and retention of companies in its locality. Hawkesbury is rated as one of the most bilingual cities in Ontario with over 70% of its population who fluently speak both English and French. The city is renowned for its “market-style”, its main street and its superstores located on County Road 17, as well as its business park which contribute to the wide variety of jobs in the area.

About the City of Clarence-Rockland

The City of Clarence-Rockland is an officially bilingual and vibrant community with a population of 25,000 located 40 km east of the Nation’s Capital on the Ottawa River which constitutes an excellent environment to live and prosper. The City is one of the fastest growing municipalities in eastern Ontario when we refer to the number of residential permits issued along with the commercial and industrial development. With its full range of churches, schools and sports facilities, the City offers endless choices for those who have grown accustomed to essential amenities.

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Information :

Carole Muise Anne Leduc Joanne St-Jean
Communications Agent Director of Economic Development Communications Officer
613.632.0179, ext. 237 613.632.0106, ext. 2288 613.446.6022, ext. 2223
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