Ottawa, November 26, 2016 – The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) was very happy to hear that Ontario has been granted observer status within the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF).
“This is an exciting moment for Ontario’s francophones and francophiles. The province has been seeking membership for many years. The AFO believes that this new status will positively contribute to francophone immigration and the development of the Franco-Ontarian economy,” said Carol Jolin, President of the AFO.
The AFO believes that Ontario’s observer status will give the province an opportunity to promote its Francophonie on the international stage. “From the outside, Ontario isn’t necessarily seen as a French-speaking province. This is therefore an occasion to increase Ontario’s visibility, and to send the message that it is possible to live, study and work in French in Ontario,” Jolin added.
“Lastly, I would like to thank the province for initiating the application process, and the federal government for approving and submitting Ontario’s candidacy,” Jolin said in closing.