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August 27, 2009 10:30 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Development of Official-Language Minority Communities in Northeastern Ontario

TIMMINS, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 27, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Shelly Glover, Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages and Member of Parliament (Saint Boniface), today announced funding for four organizations that provide social services, health services, and cultural and recreational activities to Francophones in the Northeastern Ontario communities of Timmins, Cochrane and Kirkland Lake.

"Our Government recognizes the importance of both of our country's official languages as an economical, social, and cultural asset for all Canadians, and we are taking concrete action to promote and protect them," said Minister Moore.

"I am pleased to announce funding for Francophone organizations that help promote the linguistic and cultural diversity of Northeastern Ontario," said Mrs. Glover. "We are proud to support Francophone organizations in Ontario that contribute to the well-being of our official-language minority communities."

The Government of Canada has provided funding a total of $226,900 to four Franco-Ontario organizations under the Community Life (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/lo-ol/pgm/dclo-vc-eng.cfm) component of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/lo-ol/pgm/dclo-eng.cfm). This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage aims to foster the development of Canada's minority Anglophone and Francophone communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.

Like the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2008-2013: Acting for the Future (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/slo-ols/strat-eng.cfm), support for these organizations reiterates the Government of Canada's commitment to linguistic duality and the vitality of official-language minority communities. The Roadmap is an unprecedented government-wide investment of $1.1 billon over five years.

This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the adoption of Canada's first Official Languages Act.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)


BACKGROUNDER

The Centre culturel La Ronde aims to promote, stimulate and contribute to French life within the Timmins community by providing activities, services and programs for Francophones of all ages. The Centre will receive $120,000 to provide services and cultural, recreational, and sport activities to Francophones and Francophiles in the area.

The Alliance de la francophonie de Timmins promotes the community's overall development and enhancement by providing a range of social and health services to the Francophone community. The Alliance will receive $74,500 in funding to implement its activities for 2009-2011.

The Centre Culturel La Mine D'Art is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the arts and cultural and artistic life of Francophones by presenting arts, social, and crafts programming in the Kirkland Lake area. The Centre will receive $16,400 to implement its annual cultural programming.

The Ruche Centre de Loisirs et de Culture de Cochrane provides a variety of cultural activities and services to Francophones and Francophiles in the community. The organization will receive $16,000 to implement its annual programming.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Stephanie Rea - Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    stephanie.rea@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca