McGuinty Government Celebrates Ontario’s Francophone Community
Ontario is honouring three individuals for their contributions to the vitality of the province's Francophone community.
Every two years, the Ontario Francophonie Awards recognize Francophones and Francophiles who have made an outstanding contribution to the social, economic, political and cultural vitality and well-being of Ontario's Francophone community.
The recipients of this year's awards are:
- Gérard Lévesque, Francophone Award
- Alex Munter, Francophile Award
- Danielle Blais, Young Francophone Award
This year, the ceremonies are taking place on the official Franco-Ontarian Day -- Sept. 25.
- Almost 600,000 Francophones live in Ontario, forming the largest French-speaking community in Canada outside of Quebec.
- Since 2003, the Ontario government has overseen the creation of the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner, the restructuring and revitalization of TFO, the addition of new French-designated areas and the creation of the Prix de la francophonie de l'Ontario.
- September 25th is the anniversary of the first raising of the Franco-Ontarian Flag in 1975.
“Today, as we celebrate Franco-Ontarian Day, I want to thank all three recipients for promoting our rich, unique Ontario Francophone culture.”
“It’s an honour to celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of these individuals who contribute, each in their own way, to the ongoing development of the Francophone community in Ontario”