Francophones To Receive Improved Services

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Francophones To Receive Improved Services

Ministry of Francophone Affairs

Brampton and Callander To Be Designated For Services In French BRAMPTON, ON, March 22 - Regional Ontario government offices and agencies will offer French-language services in Brampton and Callander, effective January 2007, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs Madeleine Meilleur announced today. "These designations will ensure modern, efficient and accountable government public services to Francophones in these regions", said Meilleur. "By providing more services in French, we will enhance the quality of life for Francophones, while helping them contribute to their communities and to the prosperity of the province". The City of Brampton and the Municipality of Callander will become designated under the French Language Services Act. As part of this designation process, they will take part in a service delivery planning committee, which will include membership from the local Francophone community. The Municipality of Callander, located in the District of Parry Sound will become the 24th designated region in Ontario. In Callander, French-speaking residents will receive their services in French from government offices located in nearby North Bay, which is already designated. "Callander's designation will give a stronger voice to the area's Francophones and in turn validate their identity within the community", said Daniel Roy, Executive Director of North Bay's local Association canadienne-française de l'Ontario. Brampton, the third largest city in the Greater Toronto Area, is located in the Regional Municipality of Peel, which also includes Mississauga, a city already designated under the French Language Services Act. "The Ontario Government's decision to designate Brampton shows its commitment to improve the lives of our city's French-speaking citizens", said Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell. "I am pleased that Francophones will now feel more at home in Brampton". Brampton's designation will become effective in January 2007. A service delivery planning committee made up of members from the local Francophone community and government representatives of Ontario government ministries delivering services in Brampton will be established. Disponible en français www.ofa.gov.on.ca Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- March 22, 2005 DESIGNATION OF COMMUNITIES UNDER FRENCH LANGUAGE SERVICES ACT FRENCH LANGUAGE SERVICES ACT The French Languages Services Act, which came into effect in November 1989, guarantees access to provincial government services in French in the province's designated areas. The designation of areas under the French Languages Services Act can take place when one of the two following criteria are met: 1) Francophones make up at least 10 per cent of the local population; or, 2) In urban centres, the Francophone population exceeds 5,000. Both Callander and Brampton meet these criteria: - According to the 2001 census, the City of Brampton has a population of 5,280 Francophones. - The Municipality of Callander meets the designation criterion that 10 per cent of the population's citizens are Francophones. GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION The Municipality of Callander, located in the District of Parry Sound, will become the 24th designated region in Ontario. Callander's population is 3,184. The Municipality is located on the south-east shore of Lake Nipissing, about 300 kilometres west of Ottawa, 300 kilometres north of Toronto and a few kilometres south of North Bay. With a population in excess of 300,000, Brampton is the second fastest growing city in Canada. Brampton is located 40 kilometres north-west of Toronto and 398 kilometres west of Ottawa. Brampton's neighbouring communities include Mississauga to the south, Vaughan to the east, Caledon to the north and Halton Hills to the west. Disponible en français www.ofa.gov.on.caFor further information: Richard Martel, Office of the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, (416) 325-1758; Louise Gauvreau, Office of Francophone Affairs, (416) 325-4942