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.
On this page:
- About the Welcoming Francophone Communities Initiative
- How we selected the communities
- Planning the initiative
- Starting the activities
- Learn more about the communities selected
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:
- Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
- the Francophone communities:
- the 13 Réseaux en immigration francophone (RIF) (Francophone Immigration Networks),
- the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne (FCFA) (federation of Francophone and Acadian communities) and
- the Comité atlantique sur l’immigration francophone (Atlantic immigration committee).
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 French-speaking immigrants that are in the community
- the services available in French
- the community’s willingness to attract and keep French-speaking newcomers
- how proactive the community is
- if the community is geographically limited
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:
- draft proposals for activities
- make recommendations on which activities should be carried out with the budget they received
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.
|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.
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.
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.
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|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||Labrador City-Wabush||$215,621|
|Southwest and central Ontario||Hamilton||$450,000|
|Manitoba||Seine River Region||$360,242|
|Saskatchewan||Moose Jaw and Gravelbourg||$277,194|
|British Columbia||Prince George||$431,401|
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