PROVINCIAL RENEWAL OF BONJOUR WELCOME

Ottawa, October 15th, 2019 – The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO), the organisation representing Ontario’s 1.5 million French speakers, is proud to renew its Bonjour Welcome campaign. The campaign, launched at the provincial level in 2016, has already been well received in all parts of Ontario. It has been successful in forging partnerships with local Ontario French-Canadian associations …

The AFO and the FARFO present a plan to improve the situation of Ontario’s Francophone seniors

Toronto, September 30, 2019 – Increase the availability of relevant and up-to-date data; reduce the vulnerability of Francophone seniors in Ontario; increase the offer of long-term care services in French; adopt an integrated approach to aging; exert pressure at the municipal level. These five recommendations are at the heart of the White Paper on Ontario’s Aging Francophone Population, which was …

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 …

The AFO commends the government of Canada for its leadership in ensuring the short term survival of the Université de l’Ontario français!

Ottawa, January 14, 2019 – The AFO thanks Canadian Heritage and the minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie for providing one year of funding in the amount of $1.9 million to the Université de l’Ontario français. These funds will allow the university to retain its personnel until January 2020. “It is with a sense of relief that I …