Less than two weeks ago Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander met with stakeholders and community leaders in Winnipeg to discuss how the government can increase Francophone immigration to Canada. It seemed that the government was invested in increasing and promoting the vitality of the francophone communities outside of Quebec. And now, the news are that effective September 30, 2014, the Government of Canada will discontinue the Significant Francophone Benefit program, which enabled some employers to recruit French-speaking skilled workers without a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

There was no official CIC news release regarding this change, and so far it is no clear how the government is planning to support the growth and vitality of the francophone communities.