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National Francophone Immigration Week

November 7-13 is National Francophone Immigration Week 2022 in Canada

What is 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).

In the Northwest Territories, the Conseil de développement économique des Territoires du Nord-Ouest (CDÉTNO) and the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) are celebrating four Francophone entrepreneurs who chose to make the NWT their new home. Events include a contest to highlight francophone immigrants who started their businesses in the NWT.

Francophone immigration is critical 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.”

Benefits of immigrating to Canada as Francophone

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, and also
  • get support from your community to help you settle, and feel at home right from the start.

See also “Quebec Days” immigration events to recruit 3000 foreign francophone workers.

French Settlement Services for Newcomers to Canada

Watch this government of Canada video to see how Francophone settlement organizations across the country help French-speaking and bilingual newcomers build their life in Canada:


Francophone immigration in Canada: Express Entry

Canada launches Welcoming Francophone Communities initiative

Francophone immigration in Canada: Benefits of being bilingual

French Settlement Services for Newcomers to Canada