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June 10, 2006 15:00 ET

Canada and British Columbia Sign a Multi-Year Agreement to Support French-Language Services

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - June 10, 2006) - The governments of Canada and British Columbia announced today the signing of a three-year bilateral agreement to support French-language services.

Josee Verner, Minister of International Cooperation and Minister for La Francophonie and Official Languages, and John van Dongen, British Columbia Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations, announced equal federal and provincial contributions to the Canada-British Columbia Co-operation Agreement on Official Languages - 2006-2009. Total funding amounts to $4.2 million.

"I am pleased that the governments of Canada and British Columbia are working together to help members of the province's Francophone community flourish," said Minister Verner. "This multi-year agreement will contribute to advancing French-language services in the province, as well as keep Canada's linguistic duality alive."

The Canada-British Columbia Co-operation Agreement on Official Languages will support the development and implementation of concrete measures to increase the province's capacity to offer services to the Francophone community in priority sectors.

"Since 2001, the Government of British Columbia has been working hard to foster the vitality of our Francophone community by creating or expanding services available in French in key areas," said Minister van Dongen. "I'm happy to work with the federal government to continue to enhance our capacity to provide services to our Francophone community."

Under the agreement, the Government of British Columbia developed a multi-year strategic plan with two main objectives: to increase the capacity of the British Columbia Francophone Affairs Program to assist British Columbia ministries and agencies; and to support service development, planning, and delivery in the priority areas of health, economic development, social services, justice, and communications, information and consultation.

For more information on intergovernmental cooperation related to minority-language services, please visit the Department of Canadian Heritage website at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca

For more information on the British Columbia Francophone Affairs Program, please visit the www.gov.bc.ca/igrs/francophones

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    for La Francophonie and Official Languages
    Pascale St-Pierre
    (819) 997-6919
    or
    Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relation
    Amy Mason
    Press Secretary
    (250) 213-2888
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    (819) 997-9314