Building on Collaboration Between Ontario and Quebec
Marie-France Lalonde, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs and Minister of Government and Consumer Services and Jean-Marc Fournier, Minister Responsible for Canadian Relations and the Canadian Francophonie for the province of Quebec have announced two initiatives that will continue to build on relations between Ontario and Quebec. The initiatives are:
A New Cooperation Agreement on French Language and Culture
Ontario and Quebec are renewing their funding commitments for cultural exchange under the Cooperation and Exchange Agreement, first established between the two provinces in 1969, for the next five years.
Both provinces have committed to provide funding to support developmental projects benefiting French language and culture in Canada in the fields of education, immigration, early childhood, youth, health and tourism.
Investments will gradually increase over the five year period, starting from $100,000 per province in 2017-2018 and growing to $200,000 or more per province in 2021-2022.
A Cultural Learning Pilot Project for Youth
A pilot project to support cultural student exchanges between francophone youth and French immersion students in Ontario and young Quebecers will begin in winter 2017.
As part of the Québec-Ontario Francophone Student Exchange Program, 20 students in the third, fourth and fifth years of secondary school in Quebec, along with 20 students in grades nine, 10 and 11 in Ontario will have the opportunity to experience the culture and language in the other province for eight days.
The pilot project stems from a project submitted by Éducation internationale and International Student Exchange and will receive $60,000 from the two governments as part of their cooperation agreement.