Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie

Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie

March 18, 2010 16:00 ET

The Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie Focusses on Francophone Immigration

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 18, 2010) - Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie (MCCF) views Francophone immigration as an essential element to the vitality of the Francophone reality in Canada.

The MCCF partnered with the National Metropolis Pre-Conference on Francophone Immigration in Canada in organizing the first gathering of representatives from federal, provincial and territorial governments, Francophone communities and the academic community to improve dialogue and collaborative efforts in this area.

The MCCF is therefore implementing the commitment that the ministers responsible for the Canadian Francophonie made at their last annual conference, held in Vancouver, in September 2009. During the Conference, the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and the Honourable Naomi Yamamoto, British Columbia's Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations and minister responsible for francophone affairs (co-chairs of the MCCF) declared that immigration is a vital instrument for the development of the Canadian Francophonie.

The ministers are pursuing the implementation of the key actions in the Report Canadian Francophonie: Issues, Challenges and Future Directions, which had identified Francophone immigration as indispensable for the Francophone population in Canada.

The main topics of discussion at the Pre-Conference were:

  • The roles and responsibilities of the various levels of governments working in this area;

  • The roles played by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local partners in recruiting, settling and integrating Francophone newcomers; and

  • Ways to promote the creation and maintenance of strong Francophone networks in Canada.

The MCCF is also associated with the publication of the Best Practices Compendium on Francophone Immigration in Canada which was launched at the Pre-Conference. The strategic actions and key initiatives included in this collection demonstrate the governments' commitment to Francophone immigration.

Created in 1994, the MCCF is the only intergovernmental forum that is made up of federal, provincial and territorial ministers who are responsible for the Canadian Francophonie. The MCCF works for an open, dynamic and diverse Francophonie that contributes to and participates fully in the growth of Canadian society.

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