Prince George has been selected as a Welcoming Francophone Community as part of Ottawa’s Action Plan for Official Languages.
Prince George is one of 14 communities across Canada that will receive funding so it can create programs and activities to help French-speaking newcomers feel welcomed and integrated into Francophone minority communities. This $12.6 million initiative, over three years, is part of the recent federal budget.
“Francophone communities open up their hearts to welcome French-speaking newcomers to Canada,” said Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, in a news release. “Prince George will be able to be even more inviting to Francophone immigrants so they can feel welcome and where they will have more opportunities to make Canada their home. Through the launch of the Francophone Immigration Strategy, we are committed to increasing the proportion of French-speaking immigrants in Francophone minority communities.”
The program seeks to enhance the vitality of official-language minority communities through immigration specifically, by increasing the proportion of French-speaking permanent residents outside of Quebec, supporting the integration and retention of French-speaking newcomers, and building the capacity of Francophone communities.