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Canadian Francophone Games Coming To Sudbury In July

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Canadian Francophone Games Coming To Sudbury In July

McGuinty Government Encouraging French Youth Talent, Creating Jobs

Ontario is helping Greater Sudbury host the Canadian Francophone Games next month, welcoming 1,200 participants and about 30,000 spectators to the area, and creating 23 local jobs.

With support from the province, Les jeux de la francophonie canadienne will run from July 20 to 24, benefiting the local economy and showcasing the talents of Canada's French speaking youth in three fields:

  • Sports - Athletics, badminton, basketball (3 vs. 3) volleyball, canoeing
  • Leadership - Apprentice chef de mission, media and event management
  • Arts - Visual arts, improvisation, music and street performance
Ontario has the largest French speaking community outside of Quebec, and is making significant commitments to strengthen their interests. Hosting the 2011 Canadian Francophone Games is another example of how Ontario's 2011 Budget - Turning the Corner continues to support the Francophone community.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is providing $100,000 to this project through the NOHFC's Infrastructure & Community Development Program to help purchase equipment, acquire sporting materials, rent venues, market the games and support on-site costs, such as electricity.
  • The francophone games will bring nearly 2,000 participants, coaches and volunteers to the events and are expected to attract some 30,000 spectators.
  • Ontario is also investing over $440,000 in the event to support volunteer recruitment, training, and recognition, as well as marketing and cultural programming that will help attract visitors and increase visitor spending.
  • Ontario is home to almost 600,000 francophones.

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“We are very excited to host the Canadian Francophone Games here in Sudbury. In a friendly, but competitive setting, it gives young French speaking Canadians a chance to highlight their talents and Sudbury an opportunity to showcase all there is to do in the region.”

Rick Bartolucci

MPP for Sudbury

“This is a great opportunity for Sudbury and Northeastern Ontario. Our government is thrilled to support an event that will have a significant cultural and economic impact both locally and regionally.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry and Chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC)

“Ontario is proud to host this national event for the first time which brings together young francophones from all over Canada. We wish all of the participants well and hope they enjoy what Ontario has to offer.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister of the Office of Francophone Affairs

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