The governments of Canada and Manitoba announce funding for the construction of a learning and child care centre at the Université de Saint-Boniface
WINNIPEG, Feb. 15, 2019 /CNW/ - Our two official languages are a treasure for all Canadians. They provide us with economic, social and cultural benefits. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the development of Francophone and Anglophone minority communities across the country. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, today announced funding for a project to promote access for families to early childhood care services in the minority language. She was joined by Dan Vandal, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services and Member of Parliament (Saint‑Boniface–Saint‑Vital).
The Government of Canada, through the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018–2023, is investing $2.077 million in construction of the learning and child care centre. The Government of Manitoba and the Université de Saint-Boniface are providing $4.077 million for the project.
The new centre will provide services in French for children whose parents study or work at the Université de Saint-Boniface or who live in the neighbouring Francophone community.
"Over the generations, Francophones in all regions of Canada have kept their language and culture alive and well. This happens when children have access to education and cultural experiences in their own language from an early age. That is why I am pleased to announce funding for this learning and child care centre, so that children will be able to live in a French-speaking environment all day long."
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie
"The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the development and vitality of Francophone and Anglophone minority communities across the country. The Université de Saint-Boniface child care project is important for Manitoba's Francophone community, as it will allow children to live in French outside the home from an early age."
—Dan Vandal, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services and Member of Parliament (Saint‑Boniface–Saint‑Vital)
"We are very pleased to receive this significant investment from the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba. Students, staff and the community will benefit greatly from this centre, knowing that quality services that promote the French language and culture will make it possible for 80 children to shape their French-Canadian identity from a young age and grow up in a Francophone environment in Manitoba."
—Gabor Csepregi, Rector, Université de Saint Boniface
The Université de Saint-Boniface is the oldest post-secondary institution in Western Canada and the only French-language university in Manitoba.
The new centre will be located on the university campus in a new one-storey, 7,800-square-foot building. It will accommodate 80 children, including 16 infants and 64 preschool children.
The centre will host students from the early childhood education program at the École technique et professionnelle, part of the Université de Saint Boniface. The educators trained there will be able to work in this field throughout the province
The total cost of the project is $6.15 million. The Government of Canada is investing $2.077 million over three years. The Province of Manitoba is providing $900,000, while the Université de Saint Boniface is covering the remaining costs.
The Action Plan for Official Languages 2018–2023: Investing in Our Future proposes an unprecedented investment of $2.7 billion over five years, including $500 million in new funding, to support official-language minority communities and promote bilingualism across the country.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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