Ontario and Quebec Increasing French Cultural Learning Opportunities for Youth
New Agreement Builds on Ontario-Quebec Collaboration
Ontario and Quebec have signed a new cooperation agreement on French language and culture in Canada, and have also announced a new pilot project for cultural exchanges between 40 francophone and francophile youth in Quebec and Ontario.
These initiatives demonstrate the commitments of both Ontario and Quebec to keeping the French language vital and sustainable in Canada, and are part of a long tradition of collaboration between the two provinces that continues to grow. These steps also build on the historic Statement on Canadian Francophonie, which recognizes the key role played by francophones in founding and building Canada, and which Ontario and Quebec were the first provinces to sign.
Supporting francophone culture and French language education in Ontario is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
“The revitalization of this important Quebec-Ontario cooperation agreement demonstrates the ties that bind our provinces together in many areas. The exchange program we are launching today will strengthen our productive collaboration for a new generation of Quebecers and Franco-Ontarians. I am extremely proud of this significant joint effort between our two provinces.”
“The French language is an integral part of Ontario’s culture and history, and programs like the Quebec-Ontario Francophone Student Exchange Program are essential to promoting francophone culture throughout our province. These experiential learning programs are key to creating the global citizens of tomorrow.”
“Quebec invests more than two million dollars each year to support initiatives that link organizations in Quebec with others in francophone and Acadian communities elsewhere in Canada. These programs and this new agreement give special meaning to the close ties between our two provinces and builds on the 400 years of francophone history we share. It also reflects the Ontario government’s exceptional commitment to Franco-Ontarians and the Canadian Francophonie. More specifically, it underlines our common will to promote French in Canada and demonstrate that our language is an economic driver and an undeniable advantage. Together, let us look to the future and make Canada a country where French language takes its rightful place.”