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Canadian Heritage

March 25, 2008 12:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Franco-Ontarian Young People

HAWKESBURY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 25, 2008) - Young Franco-Ontarians in Hawkesbury will be able to participate in after-school sport and cultural activities thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women, and Official Languages, Pierre Lemieux, Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages and Member of Parliament (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell), today announced federal government funding for the extracurricular activity group 100% Actifs: activites parascolaires.

Funding of $60,000 will help support the group's sport, cultural, and educational activities. Hawkesbury's Francophone community leaders will facilitate these activities.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to support the development of young people in official-language minority communities," said Minister Verner. "This organization encourages them to participate in community life and to enrich their knowledge of our cultural heritage."

"I am very happy about this investment in young Franco-Ontarians in the Hawkesbury region," said Mr. Lemieux. "Our Government is proud to support activities for young Francophones living in Ontario."

"We are very pleased to receive support from Canadian Heritage," said Dominique Plouffe, Development Officer at 100% Actifs: activites parascolaires. "Young people between the ages of 10 and 12 in Hawkesbury, L'Orignal, and Vankleek Hill are the ones who will benefit directly from this support. 100% Actifs will continue to offer a safe place for young people where they can take part in supervised activities in a French-speaking environment."

Funding for this project comes from the additional $30 million over two years announced by the Government of Canada in its 2007 Budget to support official-language minority communities and linguistic duality. These funds from the Department of Canadian Heritage seek to foster the vitality and development of the country's official-language minority communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.

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,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    or
    Canadian Heritage, Ontario Region
    Maya Kane
    Manager of Regional Communications
    416-954-6615