November 10, 2022—Dieppe, New Brunswick—Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities and Marie-France Lalonde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, on behalf of the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, inaugurated the new Centre for Innovation in Francophone Immigration. The inauguration of the centre is one of many events taking place as part of National Francophone Immigration Week.
The opening of the new centre comes in addition to the measures already adopted to increase the number of Francophone immigrants who come to settle in Canada, particularly in Francophone minority communities. The centre will be national in scope and will help to
- make immigration programs more accessible in order to increase the number of French-speaking candidates selected
- conduct case studies to better meet the bilingual workforce needs of Francophone employers and communities
- support international promotion efforts to attract and recruit French-speaking candidates in our labour market
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will work closely with Francophone communities and with organizations that are responsible for selecting immigration candidates. We plan to partner with regional economic development agencies to ensure to a good match between labour needs and immigration.
The new Centre for Innovation in Francophone Immigration meets the objectives of the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Action Plan 2020–2023, which aims to increase Francophone immigration to Francophone minority communities.