Ottawa, March 28, 2018 – The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) welcomes the Action Plan for Official Languages – 2018-2023: Investing in Our Future that was announced this morning by Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly.
By drafting this Action Plan, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly have demonstrated the importance of official languages in Canada. The plan will strengthen communities, increase access to French-language services and promote a bilingual Canada.
The plan will provide support for francophones in minority situations both in Ontario and in other provinces and territories by:
- increasing funding for community organizations;
- drafting a national strategy on francophone immigration; and
- supporting francophone culture.
“We are happy to see that the Canadian Government has taken many of the Franco-Ontarian community’s recommendations into account, especially regarding francophone immigration, the use of French in airports and funding for community organizations. The AFO will work with the government and its francophone community partners to implement this plan,” said Carol Jolin, the President of the AFO.