Office of the Minister of Internal Trade

Office of the Minister of Internal Trade

November 18, 2005 11:57 ET

Government of Canada Announces Additional Investments Under the Action Plan for Official Languages

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 18, 2005) - The Honourable Mauril Belanger, Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Minister for Internal Trade, Minister responsible for Official Languages and Associate Minister of National Defence, today announced an additional $10.6 million to improve access to health services for official language minority communities and an additional $12 million investment in official language training within the federal public service.

Government of Canada funding for both programs will be extended to
March 31 2007, in the context of the Action Plan for Official Languages.

"As the Minister responsible for Official Languages, I am pleased to announce these important investments in health care services and in language training. The Government of Canada is reinforcing the Action Plan for Official Languages with this investment" declared Minister Belanger.

This additional funding will advance efforts already underway to enhance access to health services in official language minority communities. These include training health providers to improve service delivery; expanding access to essential services; and, coordinating health promotion, disease and injury prevention as well as chronic disease management.

"We are committed to supporting equitable access to health services for all Canadians," said Minister Dosanjh. "The Action Plan for Official Languages improves access to health services for official language minority communities in their own language and demonstrates our government's commitment to enhancing the vitality of these communities, giving them better access to primary health care services."

The investment in language training will reduce the waiting list of public servants who need training to do their jobs. The Canada School of Public Service will continue to develop partnerships with external language schools in order to improve access and increase overall capacity.

"This investment is a key component of the Public Service Learning Strategy," noted Reg Alcock, President of the Treasury Board.

Launched in March 2003, the Government of Canada's Action Plan for Official Languages now represents investments of $810 million in the sectors of education, community development, and the federal public service.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Mauril Bélanger
    Shawn Salewski
    (613) 952-6732