Funding to l’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario will help evaluate demand and educational needs of Francophones and Francophiles in the Greater Sudbury and surrounding regions
September 8, 2022 – Sudbury, ON – Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario – FedNor
Canada’s Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs) are an important part of our national identity. They contribute to our social, cultural and economic prosperity, making Canada stronger. In Northern Ontario, the Government of Canada is stepping up efforts to support projects that encourage economic growth in Francophone communities and which capitalize on opportunities made possible through linguistic duality.
Today, Marc G. Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Official Languages, announced that l’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) will receive $24,900 to evaluate the demand and educational needs of Francophones in the region to help the University of Sudbury enhance its programming. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor.
Provided through FedNor’s Economic Development Initiative (EDI), this funding will allow AFO to launch market and economic impact studies to help the University of Sudbury pinpoint the educational wants and needs of the Francophone community so they can maximize resources, increase efficiencies and improve programming. Once complete, this priority project will allow the university to better meet the needs of Francophones and Francophiles in the Greater Sudbury and surrounding regions.
This investment supports the Government of Canada’s Action Plan for Official Languages – 2018-2023: Investing in Our Future. The Action Plan is a broad vision of a strong Canadian Francophonie, of Quebec’s vibrant English-speaking communities and a bilingualism that encourages exchange and recognizes our English and French linguistic heritage.