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Giving French-language TV its own voice

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Giving French-language TV its own voice

Giving French-language TV its own voice

Ministry of Education

Ontario is strengthening French-language education and culture by introducing legislation that would make the province's French-language educational television station permanently independent.

To complement classroom learning, TFO produces programming and multimedia materials for teachers and Ontario's 90,000 French-language students. Nearly half of Ontario's teachers regularly use its programming in the classroom.

To strengthen francophone culture in Ontario, TFO airs documentaries, current affairs shows and other programming. TFO acts as the voice of Francophone Ontario by uniting Franco-Ontarian communities across the province and by broadcasting Franco-Ontarian culture across the globe.

TFO already has its own board of directors and offices in Toronto and manages its own budget. Legislation is the last step needed to make TFO fully independent.

Quick Facts

  • Last year, close to 90,000 students in more than 350 schools used TFO's SOS Devoirs ("Homework Help") service.
  • TFO started broadcasting (as part of TVO) on January 1, 1987, and reaches 400,000 Ontario households.
  • The new TFO has 130 employees and an annual budget of about $23 million per year.

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“Many Franco-Ontarians love TFO, and they love that we're making it stronger. It's an important part of French-language education and a great cultural resource for the community”

Kathleen Wynne

Minister of Education

“This important legislation which recognizes TFO's independence is truly historical. More than a way to get information, TFO gives a voice and an identity to the francophonie in Ontario.”

the Honourable Madeleine Meilleur

Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs

“TFO is a well-recognized resource for French-language students, teachers and parents, and is greatly appreciated by Francophiles across Ontario. This legislation is the last step to officially make TFO into an independent, self-governed, educational broadcaster. We hope with all our hearts that the legislation will be passed.”

Claudette Paquin


“TFO provides high quality educational resources to teachers. It is also an essential communication and promotion tool for the French-speaking community in Ontario.”

Paul Taillefer

President, Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens



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