Memorandum of Understanding between Acadians in New Brunswick, English-speaking Quebecers and Franco-Ontarians

Ottawa, July 2, 2019 – The Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick (SANB), the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) and the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) have signed a historic memorandum of understanding to protect and promote the language rights of official language minority communities. This partnership is the first of its kind in Canada. Building on the strong …

Francophones encouraged by Ontario government’s gesture on French Language university

Ottawa, June 26 2019 – The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) is heartened by news the government of Ontario has reached-out to its federal counterpart to “open a constructive dialogue” that could lead to a co-funding arrangement for the Université de l’Ontario français (UOF), Ontario’s French language university. On June 25th, a letter sent by Ontario’s Minister responsible …

The Université de l’Ontario français: huge economic and social potential for Ontario!

Ottawa, June 19, 2019 – The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) published today a report on the significance of the Université de l’Ontario français (UOF), Ontario’s first French-language university. This exploratory study indicates that the UOF can potentially have a substantial economic and social impact on the province. Produced by the firm PGF at the request of the …

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 …