An opportunity to begin to update the French Language Services Act

Ottawa, June 5, 2019 – The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) and the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO) are pleased to see that the Legislative Assembly of Ontario will debate the question of updating the French Language Services Act following the tabling of a private member’s bill by Ottawa-Vanier MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers. “I thank …

Transforming Ontario’s health care system: an opportunity to improve access to French language services

Ottawa, February 14, 2019 – The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) is optimistic about the Government of Ontario’s decision to undertake structural reform of the health care system because it provides an opportunity to improve access to French language services. Information obtained by the AFO leads the organization to believe that the Government of Ontario intends to respect …

Government of Canada funding for Franco-Ontarian businesses and organizations

Ottawa, January 30, 2019  – The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) is proud to announce the launch of Effet multiplicateur (Multiplier Effect), a new program offering non-refundable financial assistance provided by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FEDDEV). This $1.2 million, three-year program targets the capacity for economic development within Franco-Ontarian businesses and organizations in eastern, central and southwestern …

Carol Jolin’s statement on the federal cabinet shuffle

Ottawa, July 18, 2018 – “The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) would like to congratulate The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez on becoming the new Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, and The Honourable Mélanie Joly on becoming the new Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie. The AFO is pleased that there is now a minister in charge …

Actions speak louder than words: why the recommendations of the French Language Services Commissioner need to be implemented

Ottawa, July 18, 2018 – The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) agrees with the recommendations proposed in the French Language Services Commissioner’s annual report Looking Ahead, Getting Ready. The report warns that the proportion of francophones in the province will continue to decrease over the next few years if the status quo does not change. The AFO fully …

The Speech from the Throne: No mention of Franco-Ontarian projects

Toronto, July 12, 2018 – The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, delivered the Speech from the Throne this afternoon at Queen’s Park. The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) is deeply disappointed that the new government did not mention any Franco-Ontarian projects during the speech, especially since the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario made …

Doug Ford’s new cabinet: The AFO is happy about Caroline Mulroney’s nomination but worried about her Ministry

Ottawa, June 29, 2018 – The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) welcomes The Honourable Caroline Mulroney’s nomination to the position of Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs. The AFO would also like to congratulate the other 20 Ministers who were nominated and sworn in to the Executive Council of Ontario today. Francophone Affairs plays an important role in the …

Carol Jolin’s statement on Ontario’s 42nd general election

Ottawa, June 7, 2018 – “On behalf of the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) and the 622 340 francophones it represents, I would like to congratulate Ontario‘s Premier-elect Doug Ford and the other 123 newly elected MPs. I wish to remind the government that 1.5 million Ontarians, more than 10% of the population, speak French and that the …

A debate the Franco-Ontarian community has been waiting for

Ottawa, May 29, 2018 – Tonight, three candidates in the June 7 provincial elections will take part in a televised debate in French. The candidates are Marie-France Lalonde (Liberal Party), Gila Martow (Progressive Conservative Party) and Gilles Bisson (New Democratic Party). This debate was organized by Radio-Canada, TFO and a consortium of seven Franco-Ontarian newspapers and five Franco-Ontarian community radio …