Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 09, 2009 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Mouvement d'implication francophone d'Orléans

ORLEANS, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 30, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament (Ottawa-Orleans), today announced funding for the Mouvement d'implication francophone d'Orleans (MIFO). Funding will allow MIFO to stage about twenty musical, dance, and theatrical performances at the new Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans.

"We are proud to support the artistic programming put on by the Mouvement d'implication francophone d'Orleans," said Minister Moore. "The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the vitality of minority English- and French-speaking communities."

"I commend MIFO's work, which contributes to the cultural and artistic life of the Francophone community in Orleans," said Mr. Galipeau, who has supported MIFO since its founding.

"MIFO is very pleased with the support offered by the federal government," said Marie-Claude Doucet, Executive Director of MIFO. "This funding will allow MIFO to fulfill its mandate within the new Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans and to continue the work it began 30 years ago to promote local Francophone culture."

The Mouvement d'implication francophone d'Orleans is a not-for-profit organization mandated to promote Francophone culture and meeting the cultural and educational needs of the Orleans community. Its cultural activities address the needs of Francophones living in a primarily English-speaking community, while building bridges and encouraging dialogue between the two official-language communities.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $74,700 to MIFO. Of this amount, $30,000 is from the Arts Presentation Canada Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage and $44,700 is from the Capacity Building component of the Canadian Arts and Heritage Sustainability Program.

The Arts Presentation Canada Programs gives Canadians increased access to the diversity and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentation of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences. The Canadian Arts and Heritage Sustainability Program contributes to the long-term viability of Canadian arts and heritage organizations in communities that encourage them.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

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  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations