The Government of Yukon has released its third strategic framework for French-language services. The 2023–25 roadmap will help guide the Yukon government’s actions and investments to keep current with the evolving priorities of the growing Yukon Francophone community.
The four priorities are:
- leveraging technology;
- keeping people safe;
- recruiting and supporting bilingual employees; and
- supporting a thriving Francophone community.
In the upcoming two years, the Government of Yukon will strengthen its capacity in health care and justice to provide timely French-language services. The Government of Yukon will also prioritize expanding interpretation services and supporting bilingual experts within the government to deliver high-quality French services.
This strategic framework echoes the feedback gathered from Yukoners and stakeholders regarding areas of success, potential improvements and future actions to enhance access to French-language services and information.
This new strategic framework for French-language services renews our commitment to increase access to services and information in French where it matters most to our growing Yukon Francophone community. This roadmap will build on our successes and guide our coming investments. I extend my thanks to the Government of Canada for its ongoing financial support and to the Association Franco-Yukonnaise, which plays an essential role in bridging the community’s priorities with ours.
Minister responsible for the French Language Services Directorate John Streicker
The Association franco-yukonnaise – AFY – is pleased to see that, through this new strategic framework, the Government of Yukon is renewing its commitment to the Francophone community. We hope that the implementation of this framework will lead to significant progress towards substantive equality of Canada’s two official languages.
President of the AFY Lorraine Taillefer
More than 14 per cent of Yukoners speak French (up from 13 per cent in 2011), maintaining the territory’s ranking as Canada's third most bilingual jurisdiction, after Quebec and New Brunswick, according to the 2021 Population Census.
The Government of Yukon engaged with French-speaking Yukoners and stakeholders in December 2022 to inform the new 2023–25 Strategic framework for French-language services.
The Government of Yukon has one of the most compelling language regimes in Canada and partners with the federal government to increase the public’s access to bilingual services and information.