Ontario Supporting Francophone Community Hub in Western Ottawa
Providing an Assortment of French-Language Services Under One Roof
Ontario is increasing access to French-language services in western Ottawa with the creation of a new community hub.
Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, and Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Francophone Affairs announced plans for the new multi-service, French-language community hub today in Ottawa.
The former Grant Alternative School at 2720 Richmond Road will be renovated and expanded to provide French-speaking families with employment and training programs, social services, legal and immigration services, child care and before- and after-school programming, health services and more, all under one roof.
Supporting community hubs across the province is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- Ontario is providing up to $8.95 million to support this new community hub for Coopérative multiservices francophone de l’Ouest d’Ottawa in partnership with Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Ést de l’Ontario.
- This investment aligns with the government’s commitment to support community hubs and make it easier to access multiple services under one roof.
- The Community Hubs Mapper helps you find important information about your community to help plan and better operate your local community hub.
“I have seen first-hand the extraordinary benefits that community hubs can bring to a region. For too long there’s been a gap in services in our end of Ottawa for the francophone community, and I congratulate Coopérative multiservices francophone de l’Ouest d’Ottawa and Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Ést de l’Ontario for stepping up to meet that need with a new French-language community hub.”
“This is wonderful news for Francophones in the Ottawa region and another example of our government’s commitment to support Franco-Ontarians across the province. We are proud to partner with the community to ensure Francophone families have more options when it comes to essential services in French.”
“We are proud of this partnership with the CMFO and of our involvement in this innovative community school hub project. For the CEPEO, this partnership guarantees a real presence of multigenerational French language programs and services in the west end of Ottawa, in a building that will offer a unique and innovative academic vision.”
“We are very happy to participate in the completion of this wonderful project that will represent many francophone organizations and facilitate access to health, education, immigration, and leisure services to Francophones of all ages in the west end of the city.”