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Ontario Presents Commemorative Plaque to the Town of Honfleur, France

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Ontario Presents Commemorative Plaque to the Town of Honfleur, France

Plaque Honours 400 Years of French Presence in Ontario

Ministry of Francophone Affairs

Ontario has presented the town of Honfleur, France, with a commemorative plaque recognizing the historical, social, cultural and economic ties that link Ontario to France and marking 400 years of French presence in Ontario.

French explorer Samuel de Champlain embarked on his voyage to North America from the port of Honfleur in 1615 to explore the territory that would become Ontario. Today, the legacy of Champlain's exploration benefits both Ontario and France. The province hosts more than a third of all commercial exchanges between France and Canada. Supporting the Franco-Ontarian community is part of the government's economic 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 innovative 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.

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“Ontario recognizes the significant contribution of francophones in helping Ontario grow into a unique and prosperous province. As part of the commemoration of 400 years of French presence, Ontario is pleased to offer a plaque to the Town of Honfleur in honour of this important transatlantic relationship.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs

“We are delighted that the Government of Ontario has chosen to present us with this commemorative plaque in recognition of the historic character of the Town of Honfleur and its special connection to Samuel de Champlain. This visit will also contribute to maintaining a positive relationship and friendship between France and Ontario.”

Michel Lamarre

Mayor of Honfleur

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