Franco-Ontarian Day.Image credit: @SenateCA
More than $3 million in support for official language minority communities in the Ottawa region has been announced by Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages to mark Franco-Ontarian Day to help ensure their vitality and sustainability while improving access to programs and services in local organizations, a news release said.
“French is a fundamental part of our Canadian identity. By investing in people who showcase Franco-Ontarian culture and the French language in Ontario, we ensure an inclusive and promising future for everyone. ” said Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages
With more than 500,000 Francophones living throughout the province of Ontario, it is home to Canada’s largest Francophone community outside Quebec.
The funding provided through the Community Life component of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program enables organizations to pursue projects related to important services, educational activities and community infrastructure in official language minority communities.
Aligning with the government’s new Action Plan for Official Languages 2023-2028, this support recognizes the important economic, social and cultural contributions of our official languages and enhances the development and strengthening of official language minority communities across the country.