The Office for the Integration of Newcomers to Montreal (BINAM) -
Journée Portes Fermées (Closed Door Day)
Although Montreal is experiencing a province-wide labour shortage, when it comes to integrating newcomers to the workforce, Montreal ranks last among major Canadian cities. The newcomer unemployment rate remains three times that of Montreal-born citizens.
To promote awareness to the barriers faced by immigrant job seekers and effect change, we created a special day that took place in Montreal on January 15, 2020: the “Closed Door Day.”
The event was publicized through a poster campaign and video ads in the subway, fake headlines in local newspapers, teaser ads on social media, and a temporary installation at Complexe Desjardins to launch the day alongside the Montreal mayor and local media.
The installation, a series of closed doors, gave people a taste of the harsh reality that many immigrants face when looking for work.We also created a French-only website so everybody could experience the “Closed Door Day” at home.
Agency: Publicis Montréal
Photographer: Jorge Camarotti
Production company: BLVD
Digital agency: Locomotive