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Ontario Commemorating 400 Years of French Presence by Supporting 62 Events Province-wide

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Ontario Commemorating 400 Years of French Presence by Supporting 62 Events Province-wide

Local Projects Will Help Boost Tourism, Create Jobs

Ministry of Francophone Affairs

Ontario is celebrating four centuries of cultural, social and economic contributions by the province's Franco-Ontarian community by supporting 62 local tourist and cultural events throughout the summer and fall.  

Through the Ontario 400th Celebrations Program, the province is offering a total of $1.4 million in project-based funding to 62 community organizations and municipalities to support events that commemorate the 400th anniversary of French presence in Ontario. 

Local and regional events marking the 400th anniversary will take place in communities throughout Ontario between May and October, including during the TORONTO 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. These events will boost tourism and create jobs, as visitors from across the province, Canada and the world join the celebrations.
Investing in local communities and celebrating Ontario's rich heritage is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four- part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire. 

Quick Facts

  • The year 2015 marks the 400th anniversary of French explorer Samuel de Champlain’s first passage through Ontario.
  • More than 610,000 Francophones live in Ontario. It is the largest French-speaking community in Canada outside of Quebec.
  • Tourism in Ontario generates over $28 billion in economic activity and supports more than 359,000 direct and indirect jobs in Ontario.

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“The level of interest in marking the 400th anniversary demonstrates that the Franco-Ontarian community is excited to celebrate this significant historical milestone. I’m pleased that so many Ontarians will have an opportunity to celebrate the important role of Franco-Ontarians in our province’s heritage, culture and socio-economic development.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs



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