Ontario Expanding Francophone Community Hub in Ottawa
Province Enhancing Cultural and Community Services for Families
Ontario is enhancing the services and programs offered in a Francophone cultural and community centre in Ottawa, to promote social and cultural cohesion, the arts, and local community growth and development.
Marie-France Lalonde, MPP for Ottawa-Orléans, on behalf of Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, announced today that the province is supporting the renovation and expansion of Mouvement d'implication francophone d'Orléans—a Francophone not-for-profit artistic, cultural and community centre. Planned renovations and enhancements to the centre include:
- Additional art, culture and leisure programs
- Creative spaces, including an art studio, sound-proof music classrooms, craft and design rooms
- A technology room for the exploration of digital creation
- Shared space for community, artistic and cultural events.
Mouvement d'implication francophone d'Orléans works to improve access to French-language services. This project will increase the number of recreational services that support and enrich Francophone culture in Ontario.
Improving access to French-language services is part of the government's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.
- Ontario is committed to investing $4.2 million toward the total Mouvement d'implication francophone d'Orléans (MIFO) project cost of $14 million.
- In order to access federal funding for this project under the Community, Culture and Recreation component of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan, municipalities or other partners must submit a business case to the province for review, approval, and nomination to the federal government.
- Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history – $230 billion over 14 years. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
- Community hubs provide the public with one central point of access for a range of services, such as health, social or education, along with cultural and recreational spaces to nourish community life. Each community hub is as unique as the community it serves.
- While community hubs are locally-driven, the province’s role is to make it easier for community partners to offer services that are integrated and coordinated, strengthening community partnerships and making the best use of public space.
- Ontario recently signed a bilateral agreement with the federal government for $11.8 billion in federal infrastructure funding over the next 10 years, including $407 million for community, culture and recreation infrastructure. Under this agreement, the province will work with municipalities and other partners to assess projects for nomination and approval by the federal government.
“Community hubs like Mouvement d'implication francophone d'Orléans provide extremely important artistic and cultural benefits for communities. This project will bring jobs, economic, and social opportunities to the area, while increasing the number of recreational services that support and enrich Francophone culture.”
“The commitments we are seeing toward Francophone culture and communities are truly game-changing. Thanks to the province’s efforts, facilities like the MIFO will be able to deliver great programs and create hubs that make opportunities plentiful and promote learning and cultural benefits for the Francophone community in Orléans and the Ottawa region.”