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Citizenship and Immigration committee  That is a big issue. There are two aspects to it. First, there is the citizen who is trying to learn French and keep in touch with his or her language. In your case, this was your family's language. Moreover, francophone organizations need to be strengthened by the proper orie

April 10th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean Johnson

Citizenship and Immigration committee  The objective for 2018 had been set at 4%, but we only reached 1.8%. No real plan was put in place to attain that objective. Our priority is to establish concrete strategies with IRCC that are designed by and for the communities, to allow them to be proactive in recruiting our f

April 10th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean Johnson

Citizenship and Immigration committee  It's an immense challenge. I will let Mr. Dupuis provide further explanations.

April 10th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean Johnson

Citizenship and Immigration committee  I can talk about one that will help the integration of our new immigrants. Language training is essential for newcomers. Often, the contract is given to anglophone organizations, which fact contributes to distancing those persons from our communities. We believe there are two a

April 10th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean Johnson

Citizenship and Immigration committee  I will answer briefly. Perhaps Mr. Dupuis would like to add something afterwards. There are two challenging factors. For the [technical difficulties] communities, it's a big challenge for our communities. There is an additional challenge...

April 10th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean Johnson

Citizenship and Immigration committee  I was saying that the francophone communities face two challenges. First, in the rural regions, the situation is even more difficult. Our two colleagues have just spoken about the rural issue. In addition, there are even fewer people and that's also a problem. Mr. Dupuis, did yo

April 10th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean Johnson

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Thank you, Mr. Chair, honourable senators. First, I want to thank you for having invited the FCFA to testify before you today. The federation has existed since 1975. It is the national voice for French-language minority communities in nine provinces and three territories. In to

April 10th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean Johnson

Official Languages committee  It's important to know why an official languages act was adopted in the first place. The purpose of the act is to protect official language minority communities, but we must go beyond protection. These communities must be empowered to take their full place and space. We are at a

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean Johnson

Official Languages committee  We relied largely on the briefs that have been submitted. It isn't our responsibility to visit each of our communities to consult them. In our opinion, this work is the responsibility of the government. We got the briefs and statements that our members had made before the Standi

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean Johnson

Official Languages committee  Yes, every 10 years.

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean Johnson

Official Languages committee  Reviewing the act will help to bring the notion of two official languages in Canada back in the public eye. First, it is important that linguistic duality be discussed in the public arena. Second, in the case of an act, 10 years can be a very long time. In fact, we must anticipa

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean Johnson

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean Johnson

Official Languages committee  No. It's important that the complaint doesn't remain outstanding.

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean Johnson

Official Languages committee  I'll let Mr. Dupuis answer it.

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean Johnson

Official Languages committee  There is going to be some, without a doubt, but there has already been progress in other areas when agreements were concluded. With respect to early childhood, the inclusion of language clauses in the agreements with the provinces was quite successful, notably in Alberta. For my

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Jean Johnson