ST. GEORGES, MB, Dec. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Ted Falk, Member of Parliament
(Provencher), took part today in the grand opening of the gymnasium at
École communautaire Saint-Georges. Mr. Falk was visiting the
Franco-Manitoban community on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover,
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
"Our two official languages are an integral part of our country's
history and identity," said Mr. Falk. "This funding clearly
demonstrates how we can meet the needs of the community while also
encouraging linguistic and cultural development and identity-building
among young Canadians."
"Our Government is a leader in promoting both our official languages
across the country," said Minister Glover. "With this support, we have
helped make this institution a gathering place for the entire
The Government of Canada provided $1.07 million in funding for this
project through the Canada-Manitoba Agreement on Minority Language
Education and Second Official Language Instruction 2009-10 to 2012-13.
Under this agreement, the Government of Canada is investing in
community spaces at the school-community centre, including the
gymnasium and a multipurpose room. This agreement is implemented as
part of the Minority-Language Education component of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program. It targets enhancing the provision of programs and activities in
provinces and territories in the area of education in the language of
official-language minority communities (Anglophones in Quebec and
Francophones outside of Quebec) at all levels of education.
The Government of Canada unveiled the Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages 2013-2018 last spring. The new Roadmap focuses on three pillars that will ensure
the vitality of English and French across Canada: education,
immigration and communities. As outlined in Economic Action Plan 2013,
the Government of Canada is renewing its unprecedented investment in
the protection, promotion and celebration of both official languages
for another five years. The full text of the Roadmap is available
online at http://pch.gc.ca/pgm/slo-ols/strat-eng.cfm.
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