P.G. designated a Welcoming Francophone Community

Prince George is one of 14 Canadian communities to receive federal funding as a Welcoming Francophone Community.

The designation was earned under the Government of Canada's Action Plan for Official Languages.

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The amount of money coming to Prince George was not disclosed, but officials with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada ministry said it would be invested in the creation of "programs and activities to help French-speaking newcomers feel welcomed and integrated into Francophone minority communities."

The overall initiative seeks to enhance the vitality of official-language minority communities through immigration specifically, by increasing the proportion of French-speaking permanent residents outside of Quebec, supporting the integration and retention of French-speaking newcomers, and building the capacity of Francophone communities.

"Prince George will be able to be even more inviting to Francophone immigrants so they can feel welcome and where they will have more opportunities to make Canada their home," said Ahmed Hussen, the minister responsible.

"Through the launch of the Francophone Immigration Strategy, we are committed to increasing the proportion of French-speaking immigrants in Francophone minority communities."

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