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Nominations Open for the 2018 Ontario Francophonie Awards

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Nominations Open for the 2018 Ontario Francophonie Awards

Celebrating Contributions to Francophone Communities Across the Province

Ministry of Francophone Affairs

The province is celebrating people in Ontario who make a difference in the francophone community through the Ontario Francophonie Awards

The awards will recognize three individuals who made an outstanding contribution to the political, social, economic and cultural vitality and well-being of Ontario's francophone community. This includes a francophone, a francophile and a francophone or francophile 25 or under.

Supporting francophone communities is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • The deadline for nominations is February 16, 2018 at 5 p.m. Ontario will present the Awards in Toronto on April 12, 2018.
  • Ontario created the Ontario Francophonie Awards in 2006 as part of the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the French Language Services Act. The last Awards took place in 2015, recognizing 400 years of French presence in Ontario.
  • According to the 2016 Census, Ontario has the largest French-speaking population in the country outside of Québec with over 622,000 Franco-Ontarians.

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“The Francophonie Awards are a unique opportunity to pay tribute to three individuals who contributed significantly to the promotion of Ontario’s Francophonie. This award recognizes their determination, their efforts and their commitment.”

Marie-France Lalonde

Minister of Francophone Affairs



Government Francophones