Commemorating 400 years of Francophone Presence in Ontario
Ontario to Celebrate Important Contributions of Franco-Ontarian Community
Ontario will celebrate 400 years of important cultural, social and economic contributions by the Franco-Ontarian community during the upcoming Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
The celebrations will include cultural and tourist attractions, as well as educational components for Ontario students.
Leading up to the games, the Office of Francophone Affairs will also work closely with community organizations, municipalities and others to help plan local events that recognize and celebrate French culture in Ontario.
The government is committed to supporting a prosperous and vibrant Francophone community in Ontario through initiatives in education, health and culture.
- The 2015 celebration coincides with the 400th anniversary of French explorer Samuel de Champlain’s passage through Ontario.
- More than 600,000 Francophones live in Ontario. This is the largest French-speaking community in Canada outside of Quebec.
- Among the 14 per cent of Franco-Ontarians born outside of Canada, more than a third are from Europe and more than a quarter from Africa.
“This 400th anniversary celebration will bring together people from around the world and highlight the important contributions of the Franco-Ontarian community to Ontario’s social, cultural and economic prosperity. Activities will be inclusive and open to everyone. On behalf of the government, I would like to invite all Ontarians, Canadians and visitors from abroad to take part in this historic event.”