Ongoing Support For Francophone Community
The government continues to demonstrate its commitment to the development of a healthy and prosperous Francophone community through targeted initiatives in priority sectors like education, health and culture.
- The designation of September 25 as Franco-Ontarian Day.
- The adoption of the new Francophone Community Engagement Regulation, which will ensure that between five and seven French language health planning entities are established to provide advice and input to their Local Health Integration Networks on French language health services
- The additional investment of about $433 million in the French-language education system, at the elementary and secondary levels, since 2003. This represents an increase in per pupil funding of over 55 per cent.
- The development of a new more inclusive definition of Francophone. This is reinforcing the feelings of belonging and pride in 50,000 Francophones previously excluded by the definition based on their mother tongue and helping the government better plan for the provision of French-language services.
- The additional investment of about $400 million in French-language postsecondary education and training since 2003-04. The represents an increase of 55 per cent.
- The launch of TFO in Manitoba. The new partnership increases TFO's revenues by $300,000 over three years.