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Canadian Heritage

May 07, 2008 10:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Young Franco-Ontarians in Jolliet

SARNIA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 7, 2008) - Young Francophones in Jolliet will have access to new program of cultural activities, thanks to investment by the Government of Canada.

Patricia Davidson, Member of Parliament (Sarnia-Lambton), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced funding for the Centre culturel francophone Jolliet.

Funding of $30,000 will help the organization set up a program of weekly arts and culture activities for young people.

"I applaud the work of the Centre culturel francophone Jolliet on this project aimed at young Franco-Ontarians," said Minister Verner. "The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the vitality of English and French minority communities."

"We are pleased to support a project that will give young Francophones access to French-language cultural activities in a community environment," said Ms. Davidson.

"These activities for young Francophones in Sarnia-Lambton were developed in partnership with the young people themselves and their leaders, who saw this project as meeting their wish to live and grow in French outside classroom hours. The program's purpose is to develop self-esteem through sports, socializing, and learning to make individual and group decisions," said Huguette Habel, President of the Centre culturel francophone Jolliet. "Our sincere thanks to Canadian Heritage for the financial assistance to make this project possible."

The purpose of the Centre culturel francophone Jolliet is to develop and provide cultural programs that promote the French presence in the community of Jolliet. Cultural activities meet the needs of Francophones living in a majority English environment, build bridges, and foster dialogue.

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 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
    Ontario Region
    Maya Kane
    Regional Communications