Harper Government Invests in Official Languages in the Greater Montréal Area

MONTRÉAL, July 9, 2012 /CNW/ - New investments in the official languages sector will help stimulate the economy and create jobs in the Greater Montréal Area. Funding for 22 projects was announced today by Jacques Gourde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services, for Official Languages and for the Economic Development Agency for the Regions of Quebec, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The funding will assist a wide range of organizations and projects that share the common goal of supporting Canada's official languages. Among the organizations and projects receiving funding are the Quebec Community Groups Network, the Youth Employment Services Foundation, and the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec.

"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in projects that promote Canada's official languages," said Minister Moore. "By supporting these important projects, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture, heritage, and official-language communities."

"I am proud today to announce this major investment from the Harper Government in the official languages sector in the Montréal area," said Mr. Gourde. "Our Government is working with dozens of organizations to ensure the strength of our official languages and our communities."

The Harper Government has provided $4,415,801 in funding under the Official Languages Support Programs. These programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage foster the vitality of Canada's French- and English-speaking minority communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life."

For more information on the funding, see the attached backgrounder.

BACKGROUNDER

Official languages - Development of Official-Language Communities
This program fosters the vitality of Canada's French- and English-speaking minority communities and enables
them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.
City Organization Project Amount
Montréal English-Language Arts
Network, Quebec
2012-2014 program funding $180,000
Montréal Quebec Federation of Home
and School Associations /
Fédération Québecoise des
Associations foyer-école
2012-2013 program funding $90,000
Montréal Youth Employment Services
Foundation
2012-2013 program funding $110,000
Montréal English Speaking Catholic
Council
2012-2015 program funding $198,000
Île-Perrot Quebec Community
Newspapers Association
2012-2013 program funding $120,120
Montréal Quebec Community Groups
Network
2012-2014 program funding $1,560,000
Montréal Quebec Drama Federation
(The)
2012-2013 program funding $105,917
Montréal Black Community Resource
Centre
2012-2013 program funding $49,438
Longueuil Quebec Farmers' Association 2012-2013 program funding $85,000
Montréal African Canadian
Development and Prevention
Network
Mobilization of key
stakeholders, 2012-2013
$36,000
Sainte-
Anne-de-
Bellevue
Quebec 4-H Association 2012-2013 program funding $60,000
Montréal Quebec-Labrador Foundation
(Canada) Inc. / Fondation
Québec-Labrador du Canada
inc.
Engaging Anglophone
Minority Communities in
Cultural Preservation and
Sustainable Development
Initiatives, 2012-2013
$42,595
Montréal Blue Metropolis Foundation /
Fondation Metropolis bleu
ARTchives 2012-2014 $40,000
Vimont The Learning Exchange Linking Literacy and
Language through Canadian
Culture and Community
Collaboration, 2012-2013
$32,675
Montréal Geordie Productions Inc. Geordie Inventory Project,
2012-2013
$7,400
Sainte-
Anne-de-
Bellevue
Quebec 4-H Association 100th Anniversary:
Celebrating the Past,
Embracing the Future, 2012-
2014
$40,429
Westmount Atwater Library of the
Mechanics' Institute of
Montréal
Developing and Piloting a
Financial Literacy Program
for People Planning
Retirement and Retirees -
Me  and Money: Basics of
Personal Finances, 2012-
2013
$31,925
Granby Réseau national des galas de
la chanson
Programming of the Réseau
national des Galas de la
chanson, 2012-2013
$130,000
Granby Réseau national des galas de
la chanson
Jamais trop tôt [Never too
soon], 2011-2012 and 2012-
2013
$270,000
  TOTAL: $3,189,499

Official Languages - Enhancement of Official Languages
This program is designed to foster among Canadians a greater understanding and appreciation of the benefits
of linguistic duality.
City Organization Project Amount (fiscal year)
Montréal Blue Metropolis Foundation Romeo and Juliet, 2012-
2013
$40,720
Montréal Blue Metropolis Foundation Tranches de vie [Slices of
life], 2012-2013 and 2013-
2014
$40,000
Montréal Fédération des chambres de
commerce du Québec
Young Canada Works in
Both Official Languages,
2012-2013
$1,145,582
  TOTAL: $1,226,302

GRAND TOTAL, ALL PROGRAMS: $4,415,801

 

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information:

(media only), please contact:
Sébastien Gariépy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
819-997-7788
Media Relations

Canadian Heritage
819-994-9101
1-866-569-6155
media@pch.gc.ca

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)


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