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Ontario Investing in Francophone Culture and Communities

New Francophone Community Grant Program Will Support Local, Regional and Provincial Initiatives

Ministry of Francophone Affairs

Ontario is investing in the vitality and sustainability of francophone communities across the province through Programme Franco, a new francophone community grant program geared towards community groups, municipalities, and not-for-profit organizations.

Programme Franco is an application-based grant program that aims to encourage greater social involvement, learning, innovation, and engagement for francophones in Ontario, through cultural and community-based initiatives. 

Minister of Francophone Affairs, Marie-France Lalonde, made the announcement today inviting francophone and Francophile organizations to submit applications for projects -- big or small. 

Submissions must be for initiatives based in Ontario and support one or more of the following priorities: 

  • Facilitate social integration, networking and volunteerism within francophone communities
  • Reduce barriers and increase support for vulnerable groups within francophone communities
  • Provide opportunities to celebrate and promote an understanding of Ontario's Francophonie
  • Build the capacity of francophone organizations
  • Promote collaboration between service providers to better serve francophone communities.

Investing in francophone communities is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $3 million over three years in Programme Franco.
  • Applicants can apply for maximum grant amounts ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.
  • Applications open Sept. 28 and close Nov. 2, 2017 and can be submitted in English or French. Successful grant recipients will be announced in December 2017.
  • Six information sessions will be offered in October across Ontario.
  • The next phase of Programme Franco will be announced in Fall 2018.

Additional Resources

  • For more information and to register for an information session, visit Grants Ontario.


“Francophone organizations are key partners of Ontario in ensuring the vitality of the Franco-Ontarian community across the province. Programme Franco will support the exceptional work performed by our community partners and is another concrete example of our government’s commitment towards Ontario’s Francophonie.”

Marie-France Lalonde

Minister of Francophone Affairs

“Everyone in Ontario benefits from the social, economic and cultural richness the francophone community brings to our province. Ontario’s francophone community recently marked its 400th anniversary and we celebrate the important cultural role of francophones and their long history in our province. This program will help facilitate social integration, volunteerism and outreach initiatives in the francophone community and beyond.”

Laura Albanese

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

“Ontario is richer, stronger, and more resilient thanks to the francophone culture, which is closely linked to our great province’s heritage. Supporting these projects will help strengthen the francophone community, improve commitment, protect the vulnerable and make Ontario more inclusive.”

Eleanor McMahon

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“The AFO is happy that Ontario has included us in the launch of this program, which is a considerable boost which will support our community’s extraordinary work throughout the province. With this new grant program, we hope that our partners will be able to offer services to a greater number of Franco-Ontarians.”

Carol Jolin

President of the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario



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