Women, Our Raison D’Être

Founded in 2014, Femmes en Emploi is the only organization in Laval which mainly aims at Afro-Canadian women. Its mission is to promote social, cultural, and professional integration of women and girls with immigrant or vulnerable backgrounds. That, to involve them in a way to strengthen their empowerment and their successful integration to the labour market and Quebec society.
Through its participative approach and commitment to social cooperation between communities, Femmes en Emploi’s vision is to be a reference in terms of services, women empowerment, and intercultural communication between natives and newcomers.
Our values are based on collaboration, commitment, integrity, adaptability and humanity, mutual assistance, and solidarity between native and immigrant women, among others. As a result, our targeted communities and our associative, technical, and financial partners have known us as a professional, dynamic and reliable team.


At the beginning of 2014, female social workers coming from culturally diverse backgrounds, but mainly from Haiti, who were all working in community organizations with immigrant women in Quebec, decided to take more positive actions. The great work they accomplished in those organizations would only benefit women who could settle in Canada. A Haitian researcher suggested that a lot of work had to be done in Haiti's labour market integration.
This incentive urged Dorcas Destinoble to organize meetings with Marie-Gisèle Emmanuelle Jean, a long-time friend and office automation technician at the Service d’aide aux Néo-Canadiens in Sherbrooke; Françoise Montlouis, a colleague and employment counsellor; and Anite Marseille, a friend, social worker and master’s student in social work at UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal). In those meetings, they discussed their experiences and thought about exporting their knowledge to their countries to benefit more people. They concluded that creating an association that would represent the interests of Haitian and African women was critical.
On June 15, 2014, in Laval, the four women founded the “Femmes en Emploi” association. As a Laval-based association and after numerous meetings, exchange activities and debates with women living there, the association understood there was a need for targeted actions to help women better understand the services and available resources and the values of the Laval community. That led to a change of vocation
On April 21, 2015, Femmes en Emploi changed its legal status. It became a Non-For-Profit Corporation (NPC) to support women in their labour integration procedures, create a framework for closer intercultural ties, and build a communication bridge for mutual understanding between Laval residents and immigrant women, thus crashing fears and prejudice.
However, the initial goal – representing the interests of Haitian and African women by exporting the founders’ knowledge and skills to benefit the former– is not forgotten.
Today, six years later, exceptional women from here and around the world continue working together for a better future.

A Shared Dream

A Teamwork

Together, We Contribute To Our Community’s Well-Being!

Besides our partners’ (Government of Quebec, MIFI, Service Canada, the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation, City of Laval, the Canadian Red Cross, Groupe 3737 and the Black Youth Socio-Economic Summit), we acknowledge the valuable help of:
Through their support and participation in our various events and activities, they contribute to the fulfillment of our mission.
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Concrete Results & Goals That Aim High

A few figures in 2020–2021:

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Femmes en Emploi's Team

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