Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

February 21, 2008 10:58 ET

Government of Canada Announces Funding to Help Attract Francophone Immigrants to New Brunswick

GRAND FALLS, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2008) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today announced funding for the Societe des Acadiens et Acadiennes du Nouveau-Brunswick (SAANB) to help attract and settle French-speaking immigrants into francophone communities across the province.

"Our government is committed to helping ensure francophone minority communities across Canada have a solid future," said Minister Finley. "This funding will help attract French-speaking newcomers to New Brunswick, and will help ensure they succeed with their new lives in Canada."

The funding, which totals $50,000, is provided through the Government of Canada's Official Languages Action Plan. It will be used by the SAANB for a number of activities, including training and cultural awareness events, to help integrate immigrants into francophone and Acadian communities across the province of New Brunswick.

"The Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Atlantic Region's support for the work of the Table de concertation sur l'immigration francophone au Nouveau-Brunswick is very encouraging for the community," announced Marie-Pierre Simard, President of the SAANB. "We are delighted the federal government has invested in our plans to establish Francophone reception and integration agencies and to develop immigration policy that respects the linguistic balance in our province," she added.

"Francophone immigrants are an essential part of Canada's social, economic and cultural society," said the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages. "By supporting their integration into New Brunswick's Acadian community, our government is demonstrating its firm commitment to ensuring the development of official-language minority communities across the country."

"Our government is working hard to help New Brunswick attract and retain immigrants, including Francophone immigrants," said Mike Allen, Member of Parliament for Tobique-Mactaquac. "These efforts will help support the settlement of French-speaking newcomers and strengthen our community as a whole."

CIC is committed to supporting the vitality of francophone minority communities. In keeping with the Strategic Plan to Foster Immigration to Francophone Minority Communities, CIC is working with partners to develop pilot projects to foster immigration to Francophone minority communities. The five-year plan, announced in September 2006, is aimed at attracting a greater number of French-speaking immigrants to regions outside Quebec, improving the capacity of francophone minority communities to receive francophone newcomers, and facilitating the integration of newcomers.

Contact Information

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Office of the Minister
    Tim Vail
    Press Secretary
    613-954-1064
    or
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Jon Stone
    Director, Communications
    Atlantic Region
    902-426-1419