Integrating Francophone newcomers into Prince Edward Island communities will help strengthen the province’s economy and diversity. The Government of Canada is providing support to La Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard (CIF), to help the organization better understand and address the needs and challenges of French speaking newcomers to the province.
Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of both the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), and the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, today announced Government of Canada support for the organization.
Through its Business Development Program, ACOA is providing a non-repayable contribution of $60,000 to CIF to help the organization work with key stakeholders to create a more integrated Francophone community. Canadian Heritage is contributing $7,500 to the project.
This investment builds on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic Provinces to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy, by supporting strategic initiatives and organizations that build inclusive business communities.
“Integrating newcomers to Canada is vital to the continued growth of our country. Integrating newcomers also enhances the vitality of official-language minority communities and builds a stronger economic environment for all Canadians.”
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA
“With a mandate of growing the Francophone community in our province, this project with La Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard will help identify the challenges and prospects for newcomers and Francophiles. This initiative benefits the Acadian and Francophone communities of PEI by boosting participation in their activities, whether it be in attendance, volunteerism, or as board members.”
- Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament for Charlottetown
“The Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard is very pleased with the financial participation of ACOA in our project. This funding will help our Francophone community organizations be better equipped to welcome and retain newcomers and francophiles.”
- Gilles Benoit, President, La Coopérative d’integration francophone de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard
- CIF is a member of the Réseau d’intégration francophone Î.-P.-É. (RIF), a network of key stakeholders in the French community.
- CIF is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the strategic plan developed by RIF to increase the number of Francophones living in P.E.I.
- Typical clients of CIF include permanent residents, families and refugees; holders of temporary work permits; participants in the working holiday program; and international students.