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The AFY supports implementation of strategies to promote Francophone immigration
Whitehorse, November 3, 2014 - At the start of National Francophone Immigration Week, the Association Franco-Yukonnaise (AFY) salutes the stance adopted by the Commissioners of Official Languages for Canada and New Brunswick, as well as by the French Language Services Commissioner of Ontario. In a statement released last week, the commissioners urge the federal, provincial and territorial governments to redouble their efforts to increase Francophone immigration.
"Francophone immigrants make an enormous contribution to the economic, artistic and cultural development of the Yukon. They also make up 15% of the Franco-Yukonnaise community", said Angélique Bernard, president of the AFY.
Since the end of the Canadian government's Significant Francophone Benefit program on September 30, there are no longer any mechanisms to promote Francophone immigration outside of Quebec. This program allowed employers to recruit qualified French-speaking workers without having to go through the labour market impact study process.
"The disappearance of the Significant Francophone Benefit program was a disappointment and a surprise to us. It is concerning when we know that Statistics Canada is predicting that by 2050, the majority of the population will be renewed through immigration", indicated Ms. Bernard. "Only a few months away from a major overhaul of the Canadian immigration system, we hope that the federal government will follow the recommendations of the commissioners and take steps to encourage Francophone immigration".
"We are prepared to contribute to solutions and that is the message that our representatives will be taking to the BC/Yukon Immigrant Integration Summit on November 4 and 5 in Vancouver", concluded Ms. Bernard.
Official voice and leader in the development of the Yukon French-speaking community since 1982, AFY aims to improve the quality of life of Yukon Francophones.
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Info:
Nancy Power Communications and Community Relations Director
Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY)
867 668-2663 extension 332 ; communications@afy.yk.ca
Merci au ministère du Tourisme et de la Culture du Yukon, à l’Aurore boréale et aux autres organismes et individus qui nous ont permis d’utiliser leurs photos.
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