Welland, ON – The City of Welland is observing National Francophone Immigration Week: Building Community Through Diversity from Nov. 1 – 7, 2020. With more than 611,000 Franco-Ontarians living in the province, Welland is proud to be one of Ontario’s 26 designated Francophone areas. Eleven percent of Welland’s population is Francophone.
Francophone Immigration has a significant impact on Canadian history. For centuries, Francophones from Europe and Africa have come to Canada in search of unity and opportunity. Welland will continue to be a welcoming gateway to Francophone immigrants and is proud to be one of Niagara’s choice cities for French-speaking immigrants.
“National Francophone Immigration Week allows us the opportunity to celebrate our French-speaking community and also welcome new residents to the city,” said Mayor Frank Campion. “Observing multiculturalism is important because it inspires relevant discussions that help us progress as a diverse city.”
National Francophone Immigration Week is coordinated by the Federation of Francophone and Acadian Communities of Canada and Francophone immigration networks across the country. National activities take place all over Canada, including school celebrations, workshops, and training sessions.