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Province Honours Three Franco-Ontarians

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Province Honours Three Franco-Ontarians

Ontario Celebrates Its Francophone Community

Ministry of Francophone Affairs

Ontario is honouring three Franco-Ontarians as part of this year's Ontario Francophonie Awards.

These prestigious awards recognize Francophones and Francophiles who have made an outstanding political, social, economic or cultural contribution to the province of Ontario during the last five years. 

The recipients of this year's awards are: 

  • Mariette Carrier-Fraser, Francophone Award 
  • Mary Cruden, Francophile Award 
  • Rym Ben Berrah, Young Francophone Award 

The recipients were honoured on Friday October 23 as part of celebrations commemorating 400 years of French presence in Ontario. 

Honouring the contribution of francophones and francophiles in Ontario is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The 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, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario created the Ontario Francophonie Awards in 2006 as part of the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the French Language Services Act.
  • Ontario Francophonie Awards are awarded every two years.

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“The Franco-Ontarian community is an integral part of Ontario’s past, present and future. On behalf of the Government of Ontario, I want to acknowledge and thank the three recipients of the Ontario Francophonie Awards. Driven by their passion and determination, these individuals are bolstering our province’s social, cultural and economic landscape and helping today’s Ontario thrive.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario

“The commemoration of 400 years of French presence in Ontario is a very special opportunity to pay homage to Franco-Ontarians. It’s an honour to celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of these exceptional individuals who have contributed to the ongoing development of the francophone community in Ontario and to the province’s future.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs

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