The Cercle des Canadiens Français de Prince George have officially launched a new project in PG titled, ‘The Welcoming francophone community.’

The project is a community that offers a welcoming place to Francophone immigrants, helps French speakers find jobs and helps immigrants integrate into the community.

Mayor Lyn Hall speaking at Cercle des Canadiens Français de Prince George’s event (Photo by Dione Wearmouth, mypgnow staff)

“It really does tie the fabric of our community together when we have an organization like this with a program like this,” said Mayor Lyn Hall.

Prince George has been selected to lead the Welcoming Francophone Communities pilot initiative launched by the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC).

The City is just one of the 13 communities selected across Canada to launch the project and is the only one in BC.

“It’s important for the City to embrace this and work with the organization to welcome Francophone immigrants to our city,” added Hall.

In addition, it works to make French-speaking newcomers to PG feel that their identity is respected as they navigate the city.