Ontario Hosting the 20th Federal, Provincial and Territorial Conference on Canadian Francophonie
Ministers to Discuss Economic Development, Tourism, Francophone Immigration
Ontario is hosting the 20th Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie in Toronto from June 16-18, 2015.
Provincial, territorial and federal ministers will discuss issues important to the country's French-speaking population, such as public services in French, economic development, tourism, francophone immigration and French-language media.
Alongside representatives of the Franco-Ontarian community, the ministers will also participate in the official launch of activities commemorating the 400th anniversary of French presence in Ontario.Improving services for French-speaking Ontarians is part of the government's plan to build up Ontario. This four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic and supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement-savings plan.
- The Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie, created in 1994, is the only intergovernmental forum for ministers responsible for the Canadian Francophonie.
- Ministers at the conference work together to promote an open, active and diversified francophone community that fully participates in the development of Canadian society.
- Ontario previously hosted the Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie in Toronto in 1997, in Ottawa in 2006, and is hosting the conference once again in Toronto this year.
“As Ontario celebrates 400 years of French presence in the province and prepares to welcome the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, this conference is a unique opportunity to demonstrate the vitality of the country’s francophone communities. I look forward to discussing the key issues affecting the Canadian Francophonie with my ministerial colleagues.”