May 2, 2018 – Canada and Ontario have moved to build on an immigration agreement signed in 2017 with three major extensions, aimed at francophone immigration, partnerships with municipalities and international students.

The move comes as Canada's largest province has boosted the use of its provincial nominee program, receiving an increased allocation of 6,600 immigrants in 2018.

Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen and his provincial counterpart Laura Albanese have signed three annexes to the original immigration agreement, which forms the framework of the federal-provincial relationship over the next five years.

French-Speaking Immigrants Annex

The French-Speaking Immigrants Annex is aimed at boosting the number of francophone immigrations being brought in to Ontario.

The Canadian government has targeted a 4.4 per cent boost in the number of French-speaking immigrants by 2023. Meanwhile, Ontario has its own target of making francophones 5 per cent of all immigrants.

A recent meeting in April saw a Federal, Provincial and Territorial Action Plan put together for increasing francophone immigration outside Quebec.

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