Government of Canada

Government of Canada

November 30, 2006 11:30 ET

Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Sign Agreement on Construction and Renovation of School-Community Centres in Saskatoon

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 30, 2006) - The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan today announced the signing of an agreement on the construction and renovation of the school-community centres that make up the Ecole canadienne-francaise in Saskatoon. Making the announcement were the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of International Cooperation and Minister for La Francophonie and Official Languages, and the Honourable Pat Atkinson, Saskatchewan Minister of Advanced Education and Employment, who represented the Honourable Deb Higgins, Saskatchewan Minister of Learning.

Minister Verner took advantage of the opportunity to visit the secondary campus of the Ecole canadienne-francaise and to meet with members of Saskatchewan's Francophone community.

"I am proud to be here today to announce an agreement with the Government of Saskatchewan that will make it possible to build and renovate school and community facilities of the Ecole canadienne-francaise," said Minister Verner. "The ongoing cooperation between the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan demonstrates our commitment to fostering the development of Francophone communities and promoting linguistic duality."

"The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to making our province the best place for young people to live, work, and build strong futures. We are also committed to building healthy and dynamic Francophone communities across the province," said Minister Atkinson. "These projects promise to be a significant boost to the Francophone community in Saskatoon and will provide Francophone children access to high-quality education in their own language.

The agreement provides for more than $3 million in funding from the Government of Canada over two years. This amount is in addition to more than $6 million in funding from the provincial government. Last March, the Government of Canada also signed an agreement with the Province of Saskatchewan that provides more than $26 million over four years for French-language education in official-language minority communities and the teaching of French as a second language.

Through financing agreements, the Government of Canada encourages provincial and territorial governments to give members of minority official-language communities access to education in their own language and to offer young Canadians instruction in French or English as a second language.

For more information on federal, provincial and territorial agreements in the field of education, please visit the Department of Canadian Heritage website at www.pch.gc.ca

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

Contact Information

  • Anne-Kateri Foley
    Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    and Minister for La Francophonie and Official Languages
    819-953-6238
    or
    Jacquie McLean
    Communications
    Department of Learning
    Government of Saskatchewan
    306-787-5609
    or
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    819-994-9101