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August 25, 2009 14:38 ET

Government of Canada Promotes Official Languages in Prince Edward Island

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Aug. 25, 2009) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, during a round table on official languages today, announced funding for 14 organizations in Prince Edward Island for various initiatives promoting both of Canada's official languages in the province.

"Our Government believes that investing directly in our Francophone and Anglophone minority communities helps enrich and strengthen our cultural vitality," said Minister Moore. "We recognize that our country's official languages are an economic, social, and cultural asset for all Canadians."

"The ongoing contribution from the Government of Canada is invaluable for Canadian Parents for French's continued programming that supports learning French in Prince Edward Island," said Amanda Wilson, President of Canadian Parents for French - Prince Edward Island. "CPF's programming includes advocacy for access to French-language education, as well as acknowledgment for students and teachers and opportunities to practice French, as in our French summer camps program."

The Government of Canada has provided $110,000 in funding to Canadian Parents for French under the Promotion of Linguistic Duality (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/lo-ol/pgm/mev-pdl-eng.cfm)component of the Enhancement of Official Languages Program (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/lo-ol/pgm/mev-eng.cfm). This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage promotes better understanding and appreciation of the benefits of Canada's official languages.

The Government has also provided $295,945 to 13 official-languages 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.

A backgrounder listing the organizations receiving funding, the projects being funded, and the amount of funding received, as well as a brief description of the various official-languages funding program components, is available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/cjm.pdf

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


BACKGROUNDER

Official-languages funding programs

The Promotion of Linguistic Duality component of the Enhancement of Official Languages Program aims to help organizations from various sectors undertake or continue activities that promote a better understanding or appreciation of linguistic duality and to build stronger linguistic and cultural links among members of the two official-language communities. It also aims to promote the provision of services in both official languages, English and French, in order to build a bilingual capability within non-governmental organizations.

The Development of Official-Language Communities program is designed to foster the vitality of Canada's French- and English-speaking minority communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life. It includes the following:

- The Cooperation with the Community Sector component aims to support the involvement of community organizations and to reinforce their ability to take action to make measurable gains in long-term community development, as well as to encourage innovation and excellence.

- Youth activities for official-language minority communities (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/lo-ol/pgm/jeun-eng.cfm)- In 2009-2010, under the Community Life component, Canadian Heritage will invest additional funds to support opportunities for young Canadians to have linguistic and cultural experiences in the minority language outside of school.

- The Cultural Development Fund (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/lo-ol/pgm/cult-eng.cfm) supports cultural initiatives that foster the vitality of official-language minority communities. The Fund also aims to promote the contribution these communities make to arts and culture in Canada. This support helps young people in minority communities develop their identity and facilitate access to the riches of the culture of these communities. These investments enrich the cultural lives of all Canadians in official-language minority communities.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca