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May 13 Express Entry

Canada launches Welcoming Francophone Communities initiative

Welcoming Francophone Communities. March 20 is la Journée internationale de la francophone – an opportunity to celebrate the many vibrant French-speaking communities throughout Canada. French is one of Canada’s two official languages (English being the other). While most French-speaking Canadians live in Quebec province, many live in other provinces or territories across Canada.

The size of Francophone communities (link opens in French only) in cities and towns outside Quebec varies. The working language in these communities is usually English. Learn more about Francophone communities outside of Quebec.

There are many reasons to choose to live in a Francophone community outside Quebec. You and your family will be able to:

  • benefit from French and English job opportunities
  • speak both French and English in your everyday life
  • learn or improve your English skills
  • attend French-language schools
  • enjoy community, health-care or daycare services in French
  • get support from your community to help you settle, and feel at home right from the start

About the Welcoming Francophone Communities initiative

Welcoming Francophone Communities is an initiative to support French-speaking newcomers to Canada. Immigration, Refugees an Citizenship Canada (IRCC) says that “It’s important to encourage a newcomer’s sense of belonging to their new community. Activities help build links between French speaking newcomers and their host community, which help support Francophone minority communities across Canada.”

14 communities were selected to get $12.6 million (over 3 years) for projects to make Francophone newcomers feel welcome in their new community. The 14 communities were selected across Canada (except Quebec) based on:

  • the French-speaking immigrants that are in the community
  • the services available in French
  • the community’s willingness to attract and keep French-speaking newcomers
  • how proactive the community is
  • if the community is geographically limited

The members of the Communautés francophones en milieu minoritaire (CFSM) created the selection process. Communities led the process themselves.

The Welcoming Francophone Communities initiative is co-led by:

The funding for the Welcoming Francophone Communities initiative comes from the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023: Investing in our Future. It was announced in Budget 2018.

Communities selected for Welcoming Francophone Communities initiative

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Evangeline, Prince Edward IslandThe Evangeline Region is full of beaches and music and community festivals. There are a significant number of Francophone organizations and French services in this region.
Clare, Nova ScotiaClare is a wonderful community, rich in culture and heritage. It is the only community in Nova Scotia that offers services in both official languages, French and English.
Haut-Saint-Jean (Edmundston, Haut-Madawaska and Madawaska Maliseet First Nation), New BrunswickEdmundston is the second largest Canadian city outside Quebec with a Francophone majority. It is also the largest business and service hub in northwestern New Brunswick.
Labrador City – Wabush, Newfoundland and LabradorLabrador City and Wabush are great places to live thanks to their warm hospitality and friendly atmosphere. The presence of French-language school services and the existence of jobs in key sectors such as mining, government, health and tourism will promote integration within the region
Hawkesbury, Eastern OntarioHawkesbury is a city located in eastern Ontario and has a Francophone majority. The community of Hawkesbury actively provides a large number of Francophone services, which will facilitate the social, cultural and community integration of French-speaking immigrants.
Sudbury, Northern OntarioSudbury is the largest Francophone city in northern Ontario. In terms of associations, the community has more than 150 organizations and associations, three-quarters of which are Francophone.
Hamilton, Central Southwestern OntarioHamilton’s Francophone community is vibrant and multicultural. This vitality is reflected in a wide range of French-language services offered by various Francophone organizations in the city.
Seine River Region (The municipalities of Taché, La Broquerie and the town of Sainte-Anne), ManitobaThe Seine River region communities include the municipalities of Taché, La Broquerie and the town of Sainte-Anne. Approximately 50 kilometres southeast of Winnipeg, this region has access to a variety of Francophone recreational, health and community services.
Moose Jaw and Gravelbourg, SaskatchewanBecause of their vibrant Francophone presence, Moose Jaw and Gravelbourg are encouraging French-speaking newcomers to settle there. There are Francophone and French immersion schools and French courses offered in the community.
Calgary, AlbertaThe City of Calgary is proud of its vibrant, multicultural and vibrant Francophone community. Many of Calgary’s early pioneers were Francophones and those origins are still visible today.
Prince George, British ColumbiaDubbed the “Northern Capital of British Columbia” Prince George is located between the Fraser River and the Nechalo River. The City of Prince George has a presence of French-speaking immigrants and intends to expand its services that are available to Francophones.
Yellowknife, Northwest TerritoriesYellowknife is a vibrant northern capital. French is one of eleven official languages in the Northwest Territories, along with English and nine Indigenous languages.
Whitehorse, YukonSituated on the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, Whitehorse is home to some of the most spectacular landscapes in the country.
Iqaluit, NunavutThe Franco-Nunavut community is a proud and unifying community that shines through its cultural diversity. The languages spoken by Iqaluit residents are English, French and Inuktut (Inuktitut and Innuaqtun).

Choosing a Francophone community outside Quebec

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