Statement from the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship


National Francophone Immigration Week

Ottawa, October 30, 2017 – The Hon. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today issued the following statement on National Francophone Immigration:

“Each year National Francophone Immigration Week gives Canadians the chance to learn more about, celebrate, and promote the contribution of French-speaking immigrants to the vitality of Francophone minority communities. This week, filled with activities across the country, allows host communities to develop links with Francophone newcomers and Francophiles alike.

“Our Government has made increasing Francophone immigration outside of Quebec a priority. While we have much work to do to reach our goal, our promotion efforts, changes to the Express Entry application process, and the Mobilité Francophone stream of the International Mobility Program are just some of the ways that we are already working on this important issue.

“It is through immigration that we can continue to develop our vibrant Francophone communities and our rich heritage of bilingualism.

“In this Canada 150 year, I encourage you all to find events in your communities and to learn more about the rich and important history of Francophone immigration to Canada. To all those celebrating, I wish you all the best on this National Francophone Immigration Week.”


For further information (media only), please contact:

Media Relations
Communications Branch
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

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