Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 28, 2008 15:52 ET

The Government of Canada Supports the Centre Culturel Francais de l'Okanagan

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 28, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament (Kelowna-Lake Country), today announced funding for the Centre culturel francais de l'Okanagan (CCFO).

Funding of $20,900 will be used by the CCFO for a feasibility study to assess the impact of various strategic options relating to the management and use of the CCFO building. The study will also help the CCFO's executive and membership to take important decisions on the future of the Francophone community in Kelowna and its region.

"The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the vitality of minority Francophone and Anglophone communities and to recognizing the importance of linguistic duality as an economic, social, and cultural asset for all Canadians," said Minister Verner.

"This announcement demonstrates our Government's determination to ensure that the Francophone presence in the Okanagan and area continues to contribute to the strength and growth of the Okanagan Valley community," said Mr. Cannan.

"Our situation is similar to that of many people in the Okanagan Valley. Our building has a high market value, but we have difficulty making ends meet," said Michael Gauthier, Executive Director of the CCFO. "This support from the Department of Canadian Heritage will allow our community to explore the options available to us."

Since 1978, the Centre culturel francais de l'Okanagan has been offering social and cultural activities while promoting the French language and Francophone culture in Kelowna and its surrounding communities. The CCFO is active in the arts and culture, education, community development, and communications.

The Government of Canada has provided this support under the Cooperation with the Community Sector Component of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program. This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage is aimed at developing minority-language Francophone and Anglophone communities to enable them to fully participate in all aspects of Canadian life.

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage, Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil, Regional Manager