Canada wants more French-speaking expats

by Ray Clancy on September 18, 2014

If you are French and want to move to abroad to live and work, then Canada wants you. The country is launching a campaign to increase Francophone immigration.

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander met with stakeholders and community leaders in Winnipeg to discuss how the government can attract more French expats.

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Canada wants to increase the number of French immigrants coming to the country

During the meetings, Alexander committed to launch consultations in the coming months that will aim to increase the number of Francophone immigrants settling in Francophone communities outside Quebec and strengthen the vitality and vibrancy of these communities.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) said it will work with provinces and territories, Francophone communities and employers to ensure the successful integration of Francophone immigrants who choose to make Canada their home.

While in Winnipeg, Alexander met with the local Francophone Immigration Network and other stakeholders to discuss Francophone immigration and local needs. He also met with young people that took part in a programme aimed at developing bilingual municipalities.

The Francophone Immigration Network provides services and innovative programmes to help Francophone immigrants settle and enter the jobs market.

Official figures show that Canada welcomed 3,685 Francophone minority immigrants in 2012, a 4% increase compared with the previous year.

Under the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages, from 2013 to 2018 CIC is investing $29.4 million to support immigration to Official Language Minority Communities.

The Government of Canada funds 13 Francophone Immigration Networks across the country, except in Quebec and Nunavut. These networks gather key stakeholders in order to foster collaboration to increase Francophone immigration in their communities.

‘Our government is proud to promote Francophone immigration to Canada, which will help to ensure our communities remain vibrant and prosperous. We will continue to work with our partners to attract Francophone immigrants with the skills our labour market and economy needs,’ said Alexander.

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