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Ontario Supporting Francophone Culture at 2015 Games

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Ontario Supporting Francophone Culture at 2015 Games

Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Will Showcase Franco-Ontarian Spirit

Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

Ontario is partnering with the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue (Dialogue Foundation) to highlight Francophone culture leading up to and during the TORONTO 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games.

The province is providing $100,000 to the Dialogue Foundation to incorporate Franco-Ontarian talent, heritage and traditions into Games events, including local torch relay celebrations. In partnership with Franco-Ontarian arts, culture and community groups, the Dialogue Foundation will help promote Franco-Ontarian culture in all its diversity, adding to the excitement of the 400th anniversary of Francophone presence in Ontario in 2015.

Supporting a memorable and successful 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

Quick Facts

  • The Games will attract as many as a quarter million visitors.
  • The Dialogue Foundation was the lead partner for the highly successful Francophone celebrations and programs at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
  • More than 600,000 Francophones live in Ontario, the largest French-speaking community in Canada outside of Quebec.
  • The Ontario government will provide $5.9 million to support cultural celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of Francophone presence in Ontario next year

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Michael Coteau

“The 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games is our chance to showcase Ontario’s diversity, culture and heritage to the world and I’m pleased that we’ll have the opportunity to celebrate the important contributions that Franco-Ontarians have made to this province over the past 400 years.”

Michael Coteau

Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games

“Ontario’s history is rich with its Francophone community’s achievements and culture. I am proud to see that these historic 2015 Games will be an opportunity for the Franco-Ontarian community to showcase its talent and heritage, as it commemorates 400 proud years of presence in our province.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs

“Ontario’s Francophone community is comprised of people who come from every culture and community. We are thrilled to ensure that the vitality and the energy of Franco-Ontarians will be part of the TORONTO 2015 Games in a very special 400th Anniversary year.”

Andrée Lortie

Chair, Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue

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