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AFY Welcomes Report of the Commissioner of Official Languages
Whitehorse, May 13, 2015 - The Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY) applauds the recommendations set out in the 2014-2015 Annual Report of the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages published on May 7, 2015, particularly those concerning Francophone immigration. Among other things, the Commissioner recommends that the Government of Canada retain the services of French-speaking organizations to serve Francophone immigrants. He also calls for the implementation, in cooperation with the provinces and territories, of an action plan and targets to support provincial and territorial nominee programs as well as sustainable recruitment incentives for employers to foster the recruitment and selection of Francophone immigrants.
"We hope that the Government of Canada will act on Commissioner Fraser's recommendations," said Angélique Bernard, President of the AFY. "We are excited about an action plan to increase Francophone immigration through the Yukon's Nominee Program. Francophone immigrants make up 14% of our community and contribute greatly to the economic, artistic and cultural development of the Yukon."
The AFY also notes that the Commissioner has seen a need for adequate financial assistance if Francophone immigrations targets are to be met, a more than relevant comment for the Franco-Yukon community.
"The Yukon receives less financial support from Citizenship and Immigration Canada than other Francophone communities of similar size across the country," indicated Ms. Bernard. "If the Canadian government wants to meet its Francophone immigration target of 4.4% by 2018, it must give the Franco-Yukon community the means and tools to succeed."
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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Read the 2014-2015 Annual Report of the Commissioner of Official Languages.

Information:
Nancy Power
Communications and Community Relations Director
Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY)
867-668-2663, ext. 332
communications@afy.yk.ca
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