McGuinty Government Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the French Language Services Act

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McGuinty Government Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the French Language Services Act

Ministry of Francophone Affairs

Projects And Festivities Recognize Francophone History And Culture In Ontario TORONTO, March 20 - A new Francophone Community Award and a traveling exhibit of Franco-Ontarian history are among the cultural and educational activities planned by the Government of Ontario to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the province's French Language Services Act, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs Madeleine Meilleur announced today. "This is an important milestone, not just in Ontario's history but also in the history of the Francophone community, which is now more dynamic, versatile and multicultural than ever before," said Meilleur. "Francophones have contributed to the province's prosperity, and the government remains committed to supporting their full participation in Ontario's development." The minister launched the program of government projects and festivities at a reception that also marked the International Day of la Francophonie. The events will unfold between now and November 20, one day after the 20th anniversary date of the adoption of the French Language Services Act. Further information and regular updates will be posted on the website of the Office of Francophone Affairs at www.ofa.gov.on.ca. "During the last twenty years, the Francophone community has made great strides in Ontario," Meilleur added. "This progress happened within the framework of the French Language Services Act, which supported the community, and in return, these advancements have reinforced the Act and increased its scope." Disponible en fran├žais www.ofa.gov.on.caFor further information: Contacts: Carole Drouin, Senior Communications Advisor, Office of the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, (416) 325-1676; Charles Jean Sucsan, Senior Manager, Strategic Communications, Office of Francophone Affairs, (416) 325-4968