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April 03, 2009 10:00 ET

The Governments of Canada and New Brunswick Provide Funding for French-Language Programs and Services for Newcomers

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - April 3, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) and Member of Parliament (Fredericton), and the Honourable Greg Byrne, Minister of Business New Brunswick and Minister responsible for Population Growth Secretariat, today announced funding for French-language programs and services. The funds will help municipalities implement programs that allow French-speaking newcomers to receive services in their own language, so that they can better integrate into the labour market and their community.

"Our Government encourages initiatives that promote Canada's linguistic duality," said Minister Moore. "By implementing programs for newcomers, this project fosters the development of official-language minority communities and ensures that they can fully participate in Canadian society."

"I am pleased to see the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick working together on initiatives that deliver results for all New Brunswickers," said Minister of State Ashfield. "During these tough economic circumstances, programs like these are timely and very relevant in helping integrate newcomers into New Brunswick labour markets and communities."

"New Brunswickers bring enthusiasm and skills that energize the economy, enrich our communities, and make New Brunswick more dynamic and interesting as a place to live," said Minister Byrne. "Their integration into our province is our responsibility, and investments by our governments in programs like these are therefore very important."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $50,000 under the Community Life component of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This amount is in addition to the $50,000 dollars provided by the Government of New Brunswick. The program seeks to encourage measures to improve the circumstances of official-language minority communities.

Like the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2008-2013: Acting for the Future, announced on June 19, 2008, support for this project reaffirms 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 billion over five years.

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

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
    New Brunswick Population Growth Secretariat
    Brendan Langille
    Communications
    506-444-5070
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155