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  • 1. The Future of Francophone Immigration in OntarioPresentation to OCASI Executive Directors Forum October 23, 2012 Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Policy and Intergovernmental Relations Unit
  • 2. Overview1. The creation of an Ontario immigration strategy.2. The Expert Roundtable on Immigration’s report.3. Targeted consultation with the francophone community.4. Research on French-language settlement services offered to francophone newcomers in Ontario.5. Discussions with government partners.6. MCI: More focus on francophone immigration.7. Next steps / the future.8. Questions. 2
  • 3. An Ontario Immigration Strategy• Ontario is seeking to develop a forward-looking approach to immigration to: • Define and articulate our vision and priorities for immigration; • Develop: • ongoing strategies supporting economic and labour market growth; • specific initiatives to improve outcomes for all immigrants; and • Ensure coordinated, aligned programs and policies.• Ontario’s immigration strategy will be informed by: • The Expert Roundtable; • Targeted Consultations; • Research; and • Discussions with Government partners. 3
  • 4. The Report of the Expert Roundtable On ImmigrationThe Report contains two elements specifically linked to Ontario’s francophone community:• Overarching advice - Ensure that the immigration system works for all communities across Ontario: – An immigration system must be effective for communities across Ontario, including smaller urban centres, Francophone communities, and northern and rural communities. – Ontario should work closely with these communities in the design and delivery of immigration programs and policies to ensure that programs satisfy their mutual needs and commitments.• Recommendation – Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program should be used to respond to specific occupational shortages and to the needs of communities, including Francophone and rural communities. 4
  • 5. Targeted Consultation - the Francophone Community• The Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Teresa Piruzza, held six targeted consultation sessions with stakeholder groups, including one with the francophone community only, held in Ottawa on June 11, 2012: – 3 of the 5 other consultations had francophone community representation and 4 written francophone submissions were also received.• The Key Message: Ontario’s immigration strategy should explicitly address francophone immigration and enhance services for francophone newcomers: – More specifically: • Ontario should have a clear, public policy statement on Francophone immigration; • There are opportunities to enhance pre-arrival information for francophones to provide realistic information; and • There are opportunities to better connect Francophone immigrants with Ontario’s Francophone community and settlement services. 5
  • 6. Research on French-language settlement services offered to francophone newcomers in Ontario• Mandate: – Better understand the strengths, weaknesses, best practices and gaps in the settlement services available for francophone newcomers to Ontario.• Methodology: – Review of literature on francophone immigration to Ontario (151 documents). – Nine focus groups in which 147 individuals from various regions of the province participated. – Interviews with settlement service providers (15) and francophone community leaders. 6
  • 7. Research on French-language settlement services offered to francophone newcomers in Ontario: Findings/Strengths• Almost 50% of francophone immigrants who participated in the focus groups were very satisfied with their immigration to Ontario. They were likely: – Economic immigrants; – People who received help from family and friends already established here; – Were people who prepared their immigration project in their home countries; – 25% had never heard of settlement services; – 20% used such services only occasionally at arrival.• Strengths: – The ability of Francophone immigrant families in Ontario to integrate by themselves; – A high level of satisfaction with the educational services offered to immigrant children in French-language schools; – The number and relevance of cultural, social, sports and religious organizations operating in Francophone immigrant communities. 7
  • 8. Research on French-language settlement services offered to francophone newcomers in Ontario: Weaknesses• Labour market integration: – Workshops on employment and meetings with opportunities for sharing about employment are not sufficient.• English language training: – Most of the respondents were very dissatisfied with the availability of English language courses and the teaching methods used.• The uniformity and quality of services provided by organizations offering newcomer settlement services: – Some focus group participants expressed concerns regarding advice they received. – Nonetheless, the majority of participants indicated that they could recommend their settlement service provider(s) to other newcomers. – Governments should review the service delivery system and the quality of these services with service providers, whether Francophone or Anglophone. 8
  • 9. Discussions with Government Partners• MCI has sought the opinions, advice, and support of many Ontario ministries on the possible elements of a strategy.• With respect to the needs and wishes of the francophone community, MCI has ensured that the views of the Office of Francophone Affairs have been heard.• MCI also has the recommendations and comments of the French Language Services Commissioner: – In his 2011-2012 Annual Report. – On the Final Report of the Expert Roundtable on Immigration to Ontario.• In summary, we have sought to better understand and respond to the needs of Ontario’s francophone community and of Ontario generally in an environment that demands, more than ever, effectiveness and efficiency/value-for-money. 9
  • 10. MCI: More Focus on Francophone Immigration• MCI has a deeper understanding of francophone immigration now – the stakes, the gaps, the problems, the hopes – thanks to: – Work linked to immigration strategy development; – The increasing emphasis that MCI places on francophone immigration, including: • Participation/attendance at the three regional francophone immigration forums held in 2012 (Hamilton, Ottawa, Sudbury); • Participation at the Working Session on Francophone Immigration to Canada of the Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie (2012); • Attendance at the Metropolis pre-Congress on Francophone Immigration to Canada (2012); and • Regular participation at the Francophone Minority Communities Steering and Sub-Steering Committees. 10
  • 11. The Future of Francophone Immigration in Ontario• Development of Ontario’s immigration strategy continues: – We hope to have determined the key elements (including francophone) of the strategy before the end of the year; – It is not possible to discuss strategy elements at this time.• Once the strategy is unveiled – and regardless of its content – the success of the francophone immigration file will not be guaranteed. There will be need for: – More collaboration between Canada and Ontario; – More collaboration between Ontario, its ministries, its francophone communities, and its employers. – More collaboration with you.• We want what you want: francophone newcomers who succeed and a Franco-Ontarian community that flourishes. 11
  • 12. Questions? Ernest WheelerPolicy Advisor, Policy and Intergovernmental Relations Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration 416 314-2464 12