Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 14, 2010 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Festival Franco-Ontarien

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 14, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament (Ottawa–Orléans), today announced funding for the 35th annual Festival franco-ontarien during the press conference to announce the Festival's 2010 programming.

From June 17 to 19, the Festival franco-ontarien will bring a diverse lineup of dancers, musicians, and other performers to the National Capital Region to celebrate Francophone arts and culture. Local, national, and international artists will be featured during the event, which will provide English and French speakers alike with an opportunity to discover some of the best in French-language performance.

"Our Government is committed to encouraging the development of artists across the country and to promoting our unique linguistic heritage," said Minister Moore. "Events like the Festival franco-ontarien promote the vitality of the Ontario Francophone community and contribute to the economy and culture of this region."

"The Francophones and Francophiles of the Ottawa region will once again have the opportunity to come together in a shared celebration of the arts," said Mr. Galipeau. "I applaud the organizers of this Festival, which is an important cultural event for Ontario Francophones, and I congratulate the Festival franco-ontarien on 35 years of success."

"This year, the Festival franco-ontarien is celebrating its 35th anniversary. It is one of the greatest cultural institutions of Ontario's Francophone community, and its success would not have been possible without the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage," said Sébastien Lorquet, Chair of the Festival. "This support contributes not only to the festival's success, but also to the development of the Franco-Ontarian community. This 35th edition will be a chance to savour the major steps we've taken in the past, enjoy the benefits of the present, and especially look forward to a continuing future."

The Government of Canada has provided $140,000 in funding to the Festival franco-ontarien for the 2010–2011 and 2011–2012 fiscal years through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

The Government of Canada has also provided $100,000 in funding to the Festival under Strategic Funds through the Community Life component of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program. 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.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Newsroom.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations