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Ontario to Offer French-Language Services in Markham

Markham Becomes 26th Area to be Designated under the French Language Services Act

Ministry of Francophone Affairs

Ontario is expanding the French-language services available to the francophone community in the City of Markham 

As of July 1, 2018, all Ontario government offices located in Markham will offer French-language services in accordance with the French Language Services Act. A three-year implementation period will begin on July 1, 2015 to enable provincial ministries, agencies and third-party service providers to build the French-language service capacity necessary to meet the requirements under the act.

When an area becomes designated under the act, the province has an obligation to provide French-language services equivalent in quality and availability to the services that are offered in English, whether they are provided directly by a government agency or by a third party on its behalf.

Markham's designation under the act is a result of strong local community support.

Improving services for French-speaking Ontarians is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. 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.

Quick Facts

  • More than 80 per cent of Franco-Ontarians now live in a designated area under the act.
  • More than 4,000 francophones live in the City of Markham and more than 16,000 francophones in the Region of York.
  • Eight provincial ministries or agencies have offices in the City of Markham, including the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, the Ministry of Community and Social Services, and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.
  • The designated areas closest to Markham are the City of Toronto and the cities of Mississauga and Brampton.

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“Markham’s designation reflects the growth and vitality of Ontario’s francophone population. Francophones living in Markham will have access to more comprehensive French-language provincial services. I’m very proud of our ongoing efforts to promote and support the francophone community in Ontario.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs

“Recognizing the growth and vitality of Markham’s francophone population is important for all of Ontario’s francophone population. I am pleased to see our government expand its efforts to promote and support the francophone community in Markham and Ontario by increasing access to French-language provincial services here in our community.”

Helena Jaczek

MPP for Oak Ridges–Markham

“This year marks 400 years of French presence in Ontario, and it is wonderful to see that in this special year Ontario is expanding access to French-language provincial services in Markham. Markham’s vibrant francophone community will be able to access services on par with English language services. Expanding French services is an important part of building up Markham’s economic, social, and cultural prosperity.”

Michael Chan

MPP for Markham-Unionville

“As the most diverse city in Canada, Markham is proud to receive the Province of Ontario’s official French Language Services Designation that enables services to be provided to our francophone residents by provincial agencies. This initiative will ensure Canada’s official languages are encouraged in our community.”

Frank Scarpitti

Mayor of Markham

“We are very pleased by the community’s initiative and the government’s willingness to see Markham become the 26th designated area in Ontario. This is an important milestone for francophones, not just in York region but throughout Ontario.”

Mona Babin

Executive Director of the Association des francophones de la région de York