Supporting the Development of Nova Scotia's Francophone Community

The Government of Canada supports the modernization of the Louis R. Comeau Library at Université Sainte-Anne

CHURCH POINT, NS, April 27, 2017 /CNW/ - Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament (West Nova), on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced the Government of Canada's participation in the modernization of the Louis R. Comeau Library at Université Sainte-Anne in Nova Scotia.

With funding of $440,000, the Government of Canada is joining forces with the Province of Nova Scotia to refurbish existing library space in order to add a digitization laboratory, a study support centre and a video-conference room.

The library had not been renovated since it opened in 1977. Support, provided through the Development of Official Language Communities program, will enable the institution to offer cutting-edge technology services to the French-speaking university community it serves.


"We support the development of official-language minority communities so that our two official languages resonate throughout Canada. This project will enable the Louis R. Comeau Library to remain a knowledge centre at the disposal of the Francophone student community and better meet the technological needs of its Francophone students."

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"This modernization was necessary. It makes it possible to improve the university services offered. We should also see this project as a way of contributing to the development of Nova Scotia's Francophone community. This will also make it easier to retain students and recruit new ones. This is the key to supporting the current programs offered and to encouraging the development of the institution."

—Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament (West Nova)

"Students, staff and members of the community will benefit from this modernization project. These are yet more resources and cutting-edge technologies that Sainte-Anne can offer to help boost the vitality of remote areas and minority communities."

—Allister Surette, President and Vice-Chancellor, Université Sainte-Anne


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Development of Official Language Communities program


Université Sainte-Anne



SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: For more information (media only), please contact: Rachel Rappaport, Press Secretary (interim), Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155,


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