AN AFRICAN TOUR TO PROMOTE FRANCOPHONE IMMIGRATION
OTTAWA, November 26, 2004 — Judy Sgro, Minister of
Citizenship and Immigration, today announced that a delegation
of representatives of the Government of Canada, Francophone
and Acadian minority communities, and provincial governments
will be visiting the African cities of Tunis (Tunisia) and
Yaoundé (Cameroon). The purpose of the tour, which will take
place from November 28 to December 9, 2004, is to promote
immigration to Canada’s Francophone minority communities.
“Linguistic duality is fundamental to our Canadian
identity, and my government is committed to continuing its
efforts to form the partnerships required to develop
Francophone minority communities,” said Minister Sgro.
This tour is one of a number of initiatives currently
underway in support of the objectives set out in the
Strategic Framework to Foster Immigration to Francophone
Minority Communities that was launched in November 2003.
This framework supports the Government of Canada’s Action Plan
for Official Languages unveiled in March 2003.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada will soon be releasing
the summary of initiatives for 2002-2006 outlining the
national, provincial and territorial two-year plans for the
department and its partners. These plans were developed to
ensure implementation of the Strategic Framework and to report
on progress made to date.
For more information on immigration to Francophone minority
communities or the Strategic Framework, visit the department’s
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