The Intercultural city aims at building its policies and identity on the explicit acknowledgement that diversity can be a resource for the development of the society.

The first step is the adoption (and implementation) of strategies that facilitate positive intercultural encounters and exchanges, and promote equal and active participation of residents and communities in the development of the city, thus responding to the needs of a diverse population. The Intercultural integration policy model is based on extensive research evidence, on a range of international legal instruments, and on the collective input of the cities member of the Intercultural Cities programme that share their good practice examples on how to better manage diversity, address possible conflicts, and benefit from the diversity advantage.

This section offers examples of intercultural approaches that facilitate the development and implementation of intercultural strategies.

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Sherbrooke, welcoming community

2020-2021
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As part of its collaboration with the Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration (MIFI), the city of Sherbrooke has introduced the "Sherbrooke, welcoming community [French only]" programme. The goal of this programme is to make Sherbrooke an even more welcoming and inclusive community by supporting projects and initiatives of local non-profit organisations. The programme provides financial support of up to $20,000 per project and has the following general objectives:

  • Building an even more welcoming and inclusive community for people with immigrant background and cultural communities.
  • The sustainable settlement of immigrants in the community.
  • The full participation of immigrants and cultural communities in civic life and collective enrichment.
  • Openness to diversity and intercultural exchanges.
  • Living together.

In 2021, seven projects aimed at creating favourable environments and conditions conducive to the inclusion and civic participation of immigrants, particularly in the area of leisure, are supported.


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