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Report: Redressing the Immigration Imbalance
November 18, 2014
Commissioners Fraser and Boileau ask governments to take action to ensure that Francophone communities are able to take full advantage of immigration
Today, the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada, Graham Fraser, and Ontario's French Language Services Commissioner, François Boileau, issued a joint report highlighting the need for the federal and provincial governments to include a Francophone perspective in their immigration policies and programs.
Titled Time to Act for the Future of Francophone Communities: Redressing the Immigration Imbalance, the report paints a picture of immigration to Francophone communities, examines the current situation and presents a pan-Canadian analysis. The report also provides a series of recommendations for both levels of government.
According to the commissioners, Francophone community representatives are concerned about the impact of changes to Canada's immigration system. Consequently, they are urging the federal government and its provincial and territorial partners to take advantage of the opportunities created by the new federal immigration system, including "Express Entry," in order to transform immigration into a truly positive force for Francophone communities.
In the commissioners' view, Francophone immigration programs must be flexible and take into account the unique characteristics of the various Francophone communities and the needs of the provinces. The various players must step up their efforts and take targeted measures to ensure that Francophone minority communities truly benefit from immigration.
The report from commissioners Fraser and Boileau is now available on the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages' Web site.
Mary Donaghy
Assistant Commissioner
Policy and Communications Branch
Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages
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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