20 Mar Francophone Immigration Action Plan – International Day of La Francophonie
We know that immigration is beneficial for Nova Scotia. Today, March 20th, on the International Day of La Francophonie, we highlight the cultural benefits of Francophone immigrants coming to our province through the new Francophone Immigration Action Plan and reflect on our progress in attracting and retaining newcomers as a whole.
Nova Scotia has rich Acadian culture across the province, and we want new people of Acadian and Francophone heritage to feel welcome and supported. This new plan will focus on providing services and programming to aid in their transition.
« Notre communauté acadienne et francophone est une composante essentielle de l’identité et du patrimoine de la Nouvelle-Écosse, affirme Lena Metlege Diab, ministre des Affaires acadiennes et de la Francophonie. En cette Journée internationale de la Francophonie, nous célébrons la langue française et la culture francophone, et nous soulignons les importantes contributions des francophones à notre province et à notre pays. »
“Our Acadian and francophone communities are an essential component of our Nova Scotian identity and heritage,” said Acadian Affairs and Francophonie Minister Lena Metlege Diab. “On International Day of La Francophonie, we celebrate French language and francophone culture and honour the important contributions francophones have made to our province and our country.”
With the goal attracting and retaining a variety of newcomers in mind, we think about the progress we’ve made in areas like retaining international students – where we’ve hit a high 9.4% retention rate, meaning we’ve almost reached the 10% goal set in the Ivany report.
We think of our doctor’s immigration stream, which so far has helped increase our population, but of course also provided us with 25 new doctors.
5,970 immigrants chose Nova Scotia as their new home in 2018, we’ve reversed the decades-old trend of outmigration, and for the third year in a row, we’re seeing more Canadians moving to our province than leaving.
And lastly, we think of the richness and diversity of new cultures that immigration brings. We want those in the Acadian and Francophone community – as well as people from around the world – to bring their talent, skills, and global mindset to our province.
Immigrants want to come to our province and attracting and retaining newcomers will help grow our population, strengthen our economy and revitalize our communities – benefiting all Nova Scotians.