Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 21, 2009 11:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Centre Culturel Francophone Jolliet

SARNIA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 21, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Patricia Davidson, Member of Parliament (Sarnia-Lambton), today announced funding for the Centre culturel francophone Jolliet to support a series of seven theatre, music, and comedy performances.

"We are proud to support the arts programming of the Centre culturel francophone Jolliet," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is committed to enhancing the vitality of English- and French-speaking minority communities through initiatives such as our Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality, an unprecedented investment in minority-language communities."

"I am proud of our Government's ongoing support for the arts," said Ms. Davidson. "This investment will help the Centre culturel francophone Jolliet to continue to offer its outstanding performances."

"With this support from the Government of Canada, the Centre culturel francophone Jolliet will be able to present a series of shows that will allow our Francophone community, which lives in a predominantly English-speaking environment, to enjoy diverse, high-quality arts experiences in French," said Lise Ruest, Executive Director of the Centre culturel francophone Jolliet. "On behalf of all of the region's Francophones, we would like to thank Canadian Heritage for their financial assistance."

The purpose of the Centre culturel francophone Jolliet is to develop and provide cultural programs that promote the French presence in the community of Sarnia. These cultural activities meet the needs of Francophones living in a predominantly Anglophone environment, while building bridges and fostering dialogue between the two official-language communities.

The Government of Canada has provided $10,000 in funding through the Arts Presentation Canada Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program 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.

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

Contact Information

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