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 …

It’s time to reinvest in Ontario’s francophone and bilingual post-secondary institutions

Ottawa, May 28, 2018 – The Table postsecondaire de l’Ontario français* [Franco-Ontarian Post-secondary Workgroup], coordinated by the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO), held a press conference today on French-language education. Their message was clear: Ontario’s francophone and bilingual colleges and universities need help expanding their French-language programs. The Table postsecondaire de l’Ontario français acknowledges and supports the government’s …

Ontario’s three main parties have made statements regarding Ontario’s Francophonie

Ottawa, May 24, 2018 – The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) recently asked Premier of Ontario candidates from the Liberal Party, Progressive Conservative Party and New Democratic Party to fill out a survey regarding their positions on francophone issues. Their responses have been received and are now available on the AFO’s website. The candidates were given just over three …

To the future government of Ontario: include francophones in healthcare policy development!

Ottawa, May 23, 2018 – The Franco-Ontarian community expects significant commitments regarding French language healthcare from the leaders and candidates in the upcoming provincial election. The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario published this message via a short video on social media to announce the updated White Paper on French Language Health Care in Ontario, which was originally published in …

The benefits of bilingualism: An economic opportunity for Ontario

Ottawa, May 16, 2018 – The next government in Ontario needs to put its francophone advantage to good use by diversifying the economy. This was the message issued by the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) following the results of a study led by the Conference Board of Canada and sponsored by the AFO called Ontario, Trade and the …