National Francophone Immigration

Canada celebrates its National Francophone Immigration Week

On November 8, the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne (FCFA) officially kicked off the 9th National Francophone Immigration Week. From now until November 13, more than 200 activities will take place across the country.

About the National Francophone Immigration Week 2021

According to the FCFA, close to 100 people attended the launch, including representatives of partner organizations and the Minister of Immigration, Sean Fraser.

Moreover, Honourable Sean Fraser talked about the importance to mark National Francophone Immigration Week. “I am proud to celebrate the contributions of French-speaking newcomers to communities across Canada, as well as our country’s linguistic duality,” he said in a statement.

He also highlighted the help that francophone newcomers bring to communities outside Quebec.

“Immigration is key to Canada’s economy. This is why we have taken several steps to align with in-demand occupations in Canada’s labour market, including announcing parallel pathways for Francophone candidates for our temporary resident to permanent resident stream and targeting our overseas promotion.”

Canada’s efforts to reach the target of 4.4% French-speaking admissions

Minister Fraser pledged to take all possible actions to promote Francophone immigration. He also pointed out Canada’s efforts to reach the target of 4.4% French-speaking admissions outside Quebec by 2023.

“I am committed to achieving this goal and will continue to take all possible actions with our partners to promote Francophone immigration and to support our actions to modernize and strengthen the Official Languages Act.”

It is important to note that in 2019, French-speaking immigrant admissions represented 2.8% of all immigrants admitted to Canada outside Quebec.

Then, in March 2019, the former Minister of Immigration announced a Francophone Immigration Strategy. The strategy lay on five pillars covering the continuum of immigration. It also had the goal of achieving a target of 4.4% of French-speaking immigrants by 2023. Of course, this is outside of Quebec.

Activities during the National Francophone Immigration Week 2021

This year’s theme -the thousand flavours of La Francophonie- invites people to explore the flavours and traditions that French-speaking newcomers bring to Canada. People can participate in a range of activities designed to encourage cultural exchange. You can find the online calendar here.

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