The McGuinty Government Supports The Assemblée de la francophonie
TORONTO, June 6 /CNW/ -
The Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario (AFO) will design and
implement a campaign to promote French-language services in Ontario with help
from the provincial government.
This campaign will promote the delivery of quality services in French by
the government and community organizations and also encourage French-speaking
Ontarians to request and use these services. Ontario is providing $100,000 for
The Assemblée will set up a working group of representatives from key
organizations within Ontario's Francophonie in order to define community needs
and develop the approach and objectives of the promotion campaign.
The Office of Francophone Affairs and the Assemblée will unveil the
details of the promotion campaign in the fall of 2008.
"The French Language Services Act guarantees Francophones in Ontario
access to government services in their language. It is our goal to ensure that
people benefit from these services in their daily lives," said Madeleine
Meilleur, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs.
"This project consolidates the collaboration between the Ontario
government and Francophone community organizations, and this benefits the
entire community," stated Mariette Carrier-Fraser, President of the Assemblée
de la francophonie de l'Ontario.
- Created on April 1, 2006, the Assemblée de la francophonie de
l'Ontario is a not-for-profit organization that speaks on behalf of
the Francophone community.
- Almost 550,000 Francophones live in Ontario - the largest
French-speaking community in Canada outside Québec.
- The French presence in Ontario dates back almost 400 years.
Get to know the Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario
Learn more about Ontario's Francophone community
(http://www.ofa.gov.on.ca/english/commun.html) and designated areas
Overview (http://www.ofa.gov.on.ca/english/FLSA.html) and full text
of the French Language Services Act.
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For further information:
For further information: Julia Sakas, Minister's Office, (416) 325-5219;
Charles Jean Sucsan, Communications Branch, (416) 325-4968, Cell (416)