Advance French through economic development

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On April 17, Canada celebrated its 40th anniversary of the Canadian Rights and Freedom Charter. Throughout the country, the Francophone and Acadia communities, and Francophone organizations such as the Economic Development and Employment Aptitude Network (RDEE) Canada, specifically celebrate Section 23 of this Charter, guaranteeing their right to education in both languages. increase.

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Jungai D. Bigot

Jungai D. Bigot
President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada’s Economic Development and Employability Network

Don’t expect this article to solve all the evils. The fear of assimilation is not compromised in many communities. Every day, 10 million Francophones across Canada are fighting for the survival of language, culture, institutions and services.

The problem is widespread from early childhood to adulthood. Francophone schools are underfunded throughout Canada, and access to Francophone’s businesses and services in French remains unequal across regions. Prairie is a good example. Access to the service in French is difficult, but Primorskaya is relatively well-serviced.

Immigration and lack of infrastructure

It’s not just a service issue. For several years, Canada has not met Francophone’s immigration goals. However, this immigrant will secure the vitality of the Francophone and Acadia communities and alleviate current labor problems. As soon as immigrants arrive in Canada, they must be able to provide jobs in French. Currently, for example, Francophone immigrants in Alberta can hardly find a job in his language.

Similarly, there is an agreement between the federal government and the state to fund early childhood services, but can French day care secure enough space? The lack of infrastructure is obvious and it is difficult to hire and retain talent.

However, the accessibility and quality of services play an important role in community vitality and language communication.

This vitality is also secured by the existence of the Francophone business. According to a 2020 survey conducted by RDEE Canada and the Léger Opinion Panel, 9 out of 10 respondents believe that the presence of the Francophone business is important to the survival of French. In their community.

According to this same survey, 77% of respondents wanted the federal government to do more for the economic development of the country’s Francophone and Acadia communities. As the Charter celebrates its 40th anniversary, it is time to acquire shares. In order to expect Francophon to contribute further to our country’s development, we must do more in economic development, which is the basis of all progress.

This is why RDÉE Canada will host the National Summit on Economic Francophone in the Minority Situation in September 2022. This summit will be an opportunity to bring together leaders, entrepreneurs, economic institutions, and anyone interested in Francophone’s economic development.

It is the responsibility of all levels of government to give Francophone a special place for economic strategy once the post-COVID recovery begins, whether tourism, immigrants or small businesses. RDEE Canada will work with the Government to do more for the Francophone community and attend to ensure the survival and growth of the community in line with what was provided in Section 23.