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Francophone and Acadian Immigrants Action Plan launched by Nova Scotia

Francophone and Acadian Immigrants Action Plan

Canada’s province of Nova Scotia announced today an action plan to bring more Francophone and Acadian immigrants to the province.

The action plan is to boost the province’s French-speaking and Acadian population.

Nova Scotia released the plan, Growing Nova Scotia’s Francophone Population – An Action Plan for Success (2022-25) at the start of this week’s National Francophone Immigration Week.

“The Acadian and francophone communities have been an essential part of our province’s identity and heritage for more than 400 years,” said provincial Immigration Minister Jill Balser.

“Our new action plan demonstrates Nova Scotia’s commitment to increasing the number of French-speaking newcomers throughout the province and ensuring they have opportunities and supports to thrive.”

Francophone and Acadian Immigrants action plan

The Francophone and Acadian Immigrants action plan attempts to:

  • Increase community and partner engagement in francophone immigration;
  • boost the promotion and attraction of francophone immigrants;
  • undertake population growth programs;
  • boost retention and inclusion through settlement services, and;
  • put in place research and evaluation programs.

The provincial government’s goal is to boost Francophone and Acadian immigration to at least meet Ottawa’s target of 4.4 per cent francophone immigration. 

“Growing our francophone population in Nova Scotia presents significant cultural and economic opportunities across our province,” said Colton LeBlanc, minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie.

“This action plan will strengthen Acadian and francophone communities and further support the growth of the French language in our province.”

What is Canada National Francophone Immigration Week?

National Francophone Immigration Week is an opportunity to bring together Canadian Francophones of all backgrounds.

Each year from November 7-13, some 100 activities take place across Canada to celebrate National Francophone Immigration Week. Events include cultural evenings, coffee debates, cooking workshops, labour market training, testimonial circles and school celebrations. These events are rich with activities for fostering exchanges among Francophones.

National Francophone Immigration Week is being carried out with the financial support of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the participation of several partners. Other sponsors and coordinators include the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne (FCFA) du Canada and the Francophone Immigration Networks (RIFs).

Francophone and Acadian Immigrants are crucial to Canada

According to Canada’s Immigration Minister Sean Fraser:

“National Francophone Immigration Week is an opportunity to recognize the importance of Francophone immigration and how Francophone newcomers help communities outside Quebec thrive.

“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.

“When we support welcoming and inclusive communities and provide French-speaking newcomers with assistance to integrate into these communities, we all benefit.

“Along with promoting the value of our official languages, this week is an opportunity to highlight Canada’s efforts to welcome French-speaking newcomers and reach our target of 4.4% French-speaking admissions outside Quebec by 2023.

“I invite everyone to celebrate this country’s tradition of diversity and inclusion and the many ways that Francophone immigration benefits Canada.”

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

Today, Nova Scotia also announced it is inviting 150 francophone candidates for immigration to the province who have created profiles through the federal Express Entry system to apply to Nova Scotia’s Provincial Nominee Program (NSPNP) Labour Market Priorities stream.

NSNP nominates foreigners for Canadian PR who have the skills and experience to boost the province’s economy and labour force. For full information on requirements and guidelines visit: Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP).

How does NSNP nomination help your Canada immigration application?

Canadian provinces do not have the ability to give out permanent residency status. However, they can nominate your for PR if you have a profile in the federal Express Entry immigration system.

Express Entry is the application system that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications. It is also the most popular way to immigrate to Canada.

A total of 1,200 points is available under Express Entry. You immediately get 600 points if you are nominated by a province. A provincial nomination effectively guarantees that IRCC will invite you to apply for Canadian permanent residence in any of its Express Entry draws.

For example, Naila has a bachelor’s degree. She’s been working in healthcare sciences for five years. She has never worked or studied in Canada. She has the necessary Canada English or French language proficiency.

Naila’s federal Express Entry pool CRS score is 370 which is below the average upper 470s in recent draws. However, she recently obtained a provincial nomination through a NSNP. As a result IRCC awards her additional 600 points.

Consequently, her total CRS score jumps to 970 points! This is well above the minimum CRS score that Nadih needs to get an invitation in a federal Express Entry draw.

IRCC will issue qualified PNP candidates in the Express Entry pool an invitation to apply for permanent residence. After IRCC approves your application you complete the landing process, and officially become a Canadian permanent resident.