Published on : 05 May 20204 min reading time
In terms of the Francophonie, it was noted that a large majority of Francophones settled in Canada, specifically in Quebec. One of the languages spoken in Canada is therefore French. One of the francophone cities in Canada is Montreal. Officially, it has been defined that this city is French-speaking as well as the entire province of Quebec. This province represents an alternative for francophones who are not very far behind in their English but wish to live an experience of life in Canada. It is not exactly French as we know it, but like Belgian French, it is lively and very soft to the ear.
The place of the Francophonie in Canada
According to statistics, the language of Molière is in first place with 94.5% of the votes as the language used in Quebec. Despite this, only 76% of the population can carry on a conversation in French. Whether at work or at home, and even on the street, conversations will be conducted in French. Without forgetting that many Francophone communities are present throughout Canada, which increases the chances of using French in daily life. This expansion is constantly increasing. Another study has shown that 30% of the Canadian population is currently able to use French in everyday life as the language spoken in Canada, which is equal to 10 million of the total Canadian population. It is useful that this study does not take into account the province of Montreal. This is because it is a so-called federal state that straddles two official languages.
The French language at the provincial level
When we take into account the diversity of language in the Canadian provinces, it becomes more complicated because English is the dominant language. Historically, these two languages have always coexisted despite periods of war and disagreement. Many resources with a Francophone vocation are located just about everywhere in the various provinces. All that is needed is time to research and locate the infrastructure. Its communities can help with the transition to the Canadian standard of living, whether it is at the professional level for English or on a daily basis for house-hunting, for example, or even for understanding legislation. For your information, New Brunswick is one of the cities belonging to Montreal that promotes French as a spoken language in Canada. Recently, Moncton, Edmundston and Dieppe have followed suit.
An asset in Canada?
Speaking a language other than English is highly valued in Canada. Especially if you speak French or have an immersive experience of French culture. It brings credit to a long-term life project in Canada. So don’t hesitate to mention it in your resume if you are applying for positions or functions in Canada. French can also be an asset when faced with British, Australian, German or even Korean immigrants who are increasingly numerous in Canada. For the most part, this is for professional and emotional reasons. Recently, public institutions have started to set up programs to promote French culture in Canada. First, there is so-called Francophone mobility. That is, provinces outside Montreal that wish to welcome Francophones. They therefore recruit candidates directly for various fields of qualification. Then there is the so-called express entry. That is to say that entry to Canada is enhanced by the mastery of French.
Organizations across Canada
It is not an imperative but a fact, every province in Quebec is trying to have its share of Francophonie. Each generation of French immigrants tries to bring its brick to the building. This part of the Francophonie can be attached to a Provençal, associative or even federal government, depending on its size. The desire to be closely linked to the French culture and language has even led to the creation of reception structures for newcomers. The sole purpose of this was to familiarize them with Canada as quickly as possible and avoid any sense of unease or even homesickness. It should be noted that Canada’s climate can be quite harsh during certain months of the year, depending on the province. Its support groups can therefore provide social assistance, English-language support or even organize meetings. It is therefore advisable to find out in advance about the existence of a support centre in the city or province where you will be immigrating. No fear, there are cancelled Francophone gatherings in Canada. They are organized around March and take place throughout the country. They are marked by shows, games, concerts, socio-cultural activities with the sole purpose of celebrating the Francophonie.