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Commemorating 400 Years of French Presence in Ontario

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Commemorating 400 Years of French Presence in Ontario

Province Announces Location of Monument Dedicated to Franco-Ontarians

Ministry of Francophone Affairs

Today, Ontario unveiled the site of a provincial monument at Queen's Park dedicated to the contributions of the francophone community to building a modern, open and inclusive society.  

The monument will be located on the Western Gateway Lawn within the Queen's Park complex, on the north-west corner of University Avenue and College Street.

To be unveiled in early 2018, the monument will be a tribute to the legacy of Franco-Ontarians and their contributions to the province. It will also mark Ontario's 150th anniversary as a province.

The Office of Francophone Affairs has established a public art advisory committee that will provide input into the design brief, the project vision, and the selection of the monument design.

Investing in Ontario's cultural heritage and supporting Ontario150 events and programs across the province, is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • The public art advisory committee is composed of experts in art, architecture, urban planning, history and cultural heritage, as well as representatives of the francophone community and the Queen's Park neighbourhood.
  • Ontario’s francophone community has contributed to 15 local monuments paying tribute the francophonie in communities across Ontario.
  • The last provincial monument to be unveiled at Queen’s Park was the Ontario Veterans’ Memorial, completed in 2006, which commemorates the participation of the province’s citizens in military campaigns from Canadian Confederation (1860s) to recent peacekeeping missions in 2006.

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“I am happy to see the history and legacy of francophone people in Ontario honoured with this monument at Queen’s Park. It is a fitting culmination to commemorations marking 400 years of francophone presence in Ontario. It will stand as a reminder of the vitality of francophone culture —and remind all Ontarians that our diversity and inclusivity is our strength and greatest asset.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario

“As part of the official commemoration of 400 years of French presence in Ontario in 2015, the province committed to erecting a monument dedicated to Franco-Ontarians at Queen’s Park. I am pleased to announce that we achieved this important milestone of securing a prominent site for this significant legacy piece for francophones and for all Ontarians.”

Marie-France Lalonde

Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs

“Ontario’s 150th anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate our collective history, culture and traditions through the many festivities we have planned across the province. Inspiring Ontarians to become more aware and appreciative of our French heritage will be a lasting legacy of our sesquicentennial year.”

Eleanor McMahon

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“On behalf of the Franco-Ontarian community, I applaud and thank the Ontario government for this great initiative. The monument will pay tribute to the exceptional contributions of francophones to the social, cultural, political and economic life of the province over more than 400 years and for years to come.”

Carol Jolin

President of l’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario

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