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Canada Aims High Francophone Immigration Targets for 2024-2026

Austin Campbell



Francophone Immigration Targets

In a recent Canada Immigration update, Immigration Minister Marc Miller sets his sights on an ambitious goal — to increase francophone immigration targets in Canada. Despite the challenges and historical precedents, Miller is confident that Ottawa can achieve its target of 6% by the end of the next year, from the previous 4.4% milestone reached last year.

The new roadmap outlined by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) envisions a progressive increase in francophone immigration outside Quebec — 6% in 2024, 7% in 2025, and 8% in 2026. Moreover, Miller acknowledges the novelty and challenges of these targets, emphasizing the need for vigilance and monitoring to ensure steady progress.

In an exclusive discussion with Francopresse, Miller emphasizes the thorough consultations and internal evaluations undertaken by IRCC officials before implementing these ambitious objectives. The emphasis is on expanding the existing model of reaching francophone immigration targets and exploring realistic pathways for year-to-year growth.

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Boosting Francophone Immigration Amidst Political Challenges

Against the backdrop of pressing concerns like inflation and housing crises, immigrants sometimes face unwarranted blame. However, Miller remains resolute in his commitment to boosting francophone immigration, even if it becomes a contentious topic in an election year.

“I did not want to be a politician making policy just to win elections; I wanted to be realistic with people,” asserts Miller. He emphasizes the importance of avoiding false promises and the pitfalls of opportunistic politics, stating, “There is nothing worse than a politician who makes false promises, even if it means having to apologize the year afterward for disappointing everyone.”


Miller acknowledges the ambitious nature of the targets but underscores their realistic achievability. The overarching goal is to fortify francophone minority communities, address labor needs across the country, and contribute to restoring the demographic weight of francophones in Canada.

Furthermore, the minister contends that these targets, embedded in the 2024-2026 Immigration Levels Plan, align with Canada’s commitment to linguistic diversity and vitality. The plan aims to invite 485,000 new permanent residents in 2024, followed by 500,000 in 2025, and an additional 500,000 in 2026. This totals 1.485 million immigrants over the next three years.

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In conclusion, Miller’s vision emerges as proof of the nation’s dedication to inclusivity, linguistic vibrancy, and the restoration of demographic balance. The journey toward increased francophone immigration targets becomes not just a numerical target but a holistic endeavor to weave diverse linguistic threads into the fabric of Canada’s multicultural identity.

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