As part of the Francophone Integration Pathway, seven organizations have been selected to provide language services for French-speaking newcomers settling into Francophone minority communities.
The language services will be a mixture of in-person and online lessons designed to help newcomers hone their language skills in both French and English.
Since Francophone minority communities usually communicate primarily in English in work settings and in French in social settings, developing skills in both languages will help newcomers integrate both socially and professionally.
The focus of the courses will depend on the needs of the individual — one language will be the primary focus while the other will be secondary, depending on their abilities in each.
The projects are set to receive funding of up to $7.6 million over the next four years, as part of the government’s efforts to help French-speaking newcomers settle in these communities over the long term.