Serge Cormier, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, was joined today by Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Normand Charbonneau of Library and Archives Canada and Audrey Labrie, Vice-president of the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne, to discuss Francophone immigration and the influence of diversity on Canada"s official languages.
This event was organized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in collaboration with Canadian Heritage, Library and Archives Canada and the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne. The goal is to increase public awareness of the vitality of Francophone minority communities and to generate a discussion on the role and effect of immigration on Canada"s Francophonie, as well as on the influence of diversity on the future of official languages.
Earlier this year, federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for immigration and the Canadian Francophonie announced a joint Action Plan for Increasing Francophone Immigration, which sets out how provinces and territories can partner on a range of immigration issues. The plan contains concrete actions that can be implemented individually or collaboratively to increase francophone immigration outside the province of Quebec.
The event at Library and Archives Canada showcased an exhibition developed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada that has toured federal institutions in the National Capital Region and Francophone minority communities across the country. The exhibition highlights the history of Francophone immigration to Canada and features French-speaking newcomers living in Francophone minority communities.