Welcoming Francophone Communities initiative

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.

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About the Welcoming Francophone Communities initiative

The Welcoming Francophone Communities initiative will help support French-speaking newcomers 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.

This initiative is co-led by:

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

How we selected the communities

14 communities were selected across Canada (except Quebec) based on:

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

Planning the initiative

The planning phase started in June 2018 and goes until March 2020.

During this phase, a community advisory board, with representatives from Francophone communities, will:

Starting the activities

In April 2020, the activities recommended by the community advisory board in the planning phase will start.

The activities will run until the end of March 2023.

Learn more about the communities selected

14 communities were selected across Canada.


Welcoming Francophone Communities
Community Description
Evangeline, Prince Edward Island

The 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 Scotia

Clare 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 Brunswick

Edmundston 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 Labrador

Labrador 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 Ontario

Hawkesbury 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 Ontario

Sudbury 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 Ontario

Hamilton’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), Manitoba

The 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, Saskatchewan

Because 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, Alberta

The 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 Columbia

Dubbed 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 Territories

Yellowknife is a vibrant northern capital. French is one of eleven official languages in the Northwest Territories, along with English and nine Indigenous languages.

Whitehorse, Yukon

Situated 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, Nunavut

The 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).

The budget available to each community

Each community received an amount to help bring their activities to life.

Province or territory Community Available funds
Prince Edward Island Évangéline Region $209,402
Nova Scotia Municipality of the District of Clare $232,629
New Brunswick Haut-Saint-Jean $327,016
Newfoundland and Labrador Labrador City-Wabush $215,621
Ontario East Hawkesbury $450,000
Ontario North Sudbury $216,102
Southwest and central Ontario Hamilton $450,000
Manitoba Seine River Region $360,242
Saskatchewan Moose Jaw and Gravelbourg $277,194
Alberta Calgary $450,000
British Columbia Prince George $431,401
Northwest Territories Yellowknife $101,890
Yukon Whitehorse $102,749
Nunavut Iqaluit $100,756
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