Marc Miller announces new policies for Francophones

Marc Miller announces new policies

Francophone policies outside Quebec have been gaining significant attention in recent years as Canada continues to strive for linguistic diversity and inclusivity. There have been notable developments in Francophone policies outside Quebec, shaping a more inclusive and supportive environment for French speakers across the country.

Immigration Targets for French-Speaking Residents 

The most recent Immigration Levels Plan 2024–2026 published in Canada states that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) hopes to accept 31,500 French-speaking permanent residents (PRs) in 2025 and 36,000 entrants in the same category in 2026. IRCC has previously announced that the target for the year 2024 is is 6% and 7% in 2025, this is mainly why there have been continuous improvements.

Commitment to Francophone Immigration

The immigration minister, Marc Miller announces that “The numerous measures we are implementing will attract skilled Francophone workers who will support the economic and cultural development of these communities. We are steadfast in our resolve to restore and increase the demographic weight of Francophone minority populations, and we are working to ensure the smooth welcome and integration of newcomers who speak French.

New Initiatives for Francophone Immigration

On 16th January 2024 announced a series of initiatives that will support Francophone immigration. These policies include  a new Francophone immigration policy, the renewal and expansion of the Welcoming Francophone Communities initiatives, a new program to support Francophone immigration, and the implementation of the Action Plan for Official Languages. 

*Note: The new Action Plan for Official Languages represents $1.4 billion over five years in new investments in the form of 32 new or enhanced measures to be implemented under four pillars: Immigration of francophones, study of official languages, community development, and leadership in government

Support for Welcoming Francophone Towns

As part of the ongoing Welcoming Francophone to Towns initiatives, fourteen Canadian towns will receive funding to assist with the integration of immigrants who speak French. The program will be expanded to enable the Canadian government to choose up to ten additional Canadian communities capable of facilitating the integration of French-speaking newcomers. Canada is continuously making it easier for Francophone minority communities to participate in international promotion initiatives and support and recruit French-speaking candidates. 

These actions will support the long-term development, vitality, and strengthening of minority Francophone communities outside of Quebec. In order to improve these communities, the Government of Canada will keep collaborating with the provinces, territories, and other important stakeholders.

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