Minister Mélanie Joly confirms additional core funding from Canadian Heritage for official-language community organizations, as outlined in the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018–2023: Investing in Our Future
GATINEAU, QC, May 17, 2018 /CNW/ - The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Official Languages, confirmed today that core funding from her department for official-language community organizations will be increased by 20 percent, starting this year and for the duration of the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018–2023: Investing in Our Future. This support will strengthen close to 300 organizations across Canada. It is the first stage in the re-investment in organizations outlined in the Action Plan. In addition to this 20-percent increase, $25 million will be available for organizations funded by Canadian Heritage from 2019 to 2023.
Minister Joly confirmed the news this morning during a meeting with official-language community organizations at the Théâtre français de Toronto to discuss the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018–2023. The Plan provides for an increase of more than $57 million over five years for the core funding for these organizations from Canadian Heritage.
The funding is intended for non-profit organizations working in networks for the development of Francophone and Anglophone minority communities, culture and second-language acquisition. The additional funding will be awarded as of the 2018–2019 fiscal year.
"The absence of new investments over the past 10 years has created a difficult situation for the organizations, which we must fix immediately. We are acting now to support the organizations that are working to ensure the development and sustainability of official-language minority communities. This additional funding comes into effect this year and will continue for the duration of the Action Plan."
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Official Languages
There are official-language minority communities in all provinces and territories of the country, all of which have unique realities and needs. This plan addresses the unique challenges faced by Francophone communities outside Quebec and the English-speaking communities of Quebec.
The Plan proposes an additional $499.2 million in addition to ongoing investments of $2.2 billion, bringing the Government of Canada's total support to nearly $ 2.7 billion over five years.
Action Plan for Official Languages 2018–2023: Investing in Our Future https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/official-languages-bilingualism/official-languages-action-plan.html
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