Canada Announces Immigration Measures to Support Francophone Communities

On January 16, 2024, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced a series of initiatives to support Francophone immigration outside Quebec. These measures include a new Francophone immigration policy, the renewal and expansion of the Welcoming Francophone Communities initiative, a new program to support Francophone immigration, and the implementation of the Action Plan for Official Languages.

Francophone Immigration Policy

The new policy promotes the vitality and economic development of Francophone minority communities. It is also based on a series of measures such as promotion and recruitment support efforts, both in Canada and abroad, particularly for specific lines of business, in order to address labour shortages. The policy will also oversee the development of a new program and new measures dedicated to Francophone economic immigration.

Welcoming Francophone Communities Initiative

Through the renewal of the Welcoming Francophone Communities initiative, 14 Canadian communities will continue to receive funding to foster the integration of French-speaking newcomers. The initiative’s expansion will enable the Government of Canada to select up to 10 additional communities that support the economic and socio-cultural integration of French-speaking newcomers.

Francophone Immigration Support Program

The new Francophone Immigration Support Program will fund innovative projects to eliminate barriers to Francophone immigration. This will make it easier for Francophone minority communities to participate in international promotion initiatives and support and recruit French-speaking candidates.

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