Ontario Supporting Francophone Communities and Culture
Community Grant Program Funding Projects Across the Province
Ontario is investing in francophone communities across the province to promote francophone culture and encourage greater community engagement.
Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Francophone Affairs made the announcement today at the Collège Boréal in Sudbury alongside Francophone community leaders. Through the Francophone Community Grants program, the province is funding 57 community projects, including Franco-Ontarian organizations, municipalities and not-for-profit groups from across the province.
The successful community projects reflect the diversity of Ontario's Francophonie and provide programming at a local, regional or provincial level. Projects include:
- Youth and seniors outreach
- Social integration of Francophone immigrants
- Celebration of Franco-Ontarian culture
- Training of volunteers through workshops and learning-based projects
- Promotion of existing health resources for francophones.
Three organizations in Sudbury are receiving funding through the Francophone Community Grants program. This includes Greater Sudbury's ACFO for its project to promote the Franco-Ontarian flag and identity, as well as the City of Greater Sudbury and Le Club Amical du nouveau Sudbury for projects aimed at improving the well-being of francophone seniors in Sudbury.
Investing in francophone communities is part of our 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.
- Ontario is investing $3 million over three years through the Francophone Community Grant Program.
- The program aims to support projects in Ontario that: 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 francophone community, build the capacity of francophone organizations, promote collaboration between service providers to better serve francophone communities.
- The next phase for submitting applications for the program will begin in summer 2018.
“A strong Franco-Ontarian community means a strong Ontario. This is why the engagement of francophone community organizations is an essential part of the overall development of our province. The Francophone Community Grants Program supports the incredible work of our communities and partners. Its success is a clear demonstration of the strength and vitality of the francophone community in Ontario.”