Light at the end of the tunnel for three Franco-Ontarian economic projects

Toronto, November 14, 2017 – The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) is happy to note that three important Franco-Ontarian projects are about to become a reality. They have been included in an omnibus bill tabled in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as part of the Ontario Government’s fall 2017 economic update. The omnibus bill should pass third reading …

A Survey on Community priorities for the updated French Language Services Act

Ottawa, October 11, 2017 – The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) has just released the results of its survey1 on the updated French Language Services Act (FLSA). The three main priorities of the Franco-Ontarian community are active offer, French-language healthcare services and the designation (as defined by the FLSA) of the whole province. Other priorities for the updated FLSA …

Revitalizing francophone media in Ontario

Toronto, September 25, 2017 – The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) officially released the White Paper on Francophone Media in Ontario today at its French-ment bon breakfast in Queen’s Park. This White Paper, the fourth such document published by the AFO, recommends reinvesting in government advertising in Franco-Ontarian media and creating a neutral Observatory to gather audience and …

The AFO welcomes the creation of the Ministry of Francophone Affairs

Ottawa, July 31, 2017 – The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) welcomes the Ontario Government’s announcement that the Office of Francophone Affairs (OFA) will become a fully-fledged ministry (the Ministry of Francophone Affairs). The Franco-Ontarian community has been asking for this change for several years. Carol Jolin, the President of the AFO, recently underlined the importance of creating …

Five goals to help support francophone arts and culture in Ontario

Ottawa, June 15, 2017 – This morning, the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) announced the publication of a White Paper on Francophone Arts and Culture in Ontario. The White Paper proposes five goals that the provincial and federal governments, as well as the Franco-Ontarian community, should adopt in order to support, develop and expand the Franco-Ontarian artistic industry. …

Eleven measures to increase Francophone Immigration in Ontario

Ottawa, March 23, 2017 – Following consultation with the Franco-Ontarian community on francophone immigration in Ontario, the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) has drafted 11 measures to help the provincial and federal governments reach their francophone immigration targets. These measures are included in the White Paper on Francophone Immigration in Ontario, which addresses four main findings: the government’s …

Carol Jolin: Ontario’s IOF membership is an exciting moment for our community

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 …

Carol Jolin’s Statement on the 30th anniversary of the French Language Services Act

Ottawa, November 18, 2016 – “Today is the thirtieth anniversary of the French Language Services Act (FLSA). Since its adoption in 1986, the Act has guaranteed Franco-Ontarians access to French-language healthcare services in designated areas. However, while this Act has been extremely beneficial, it is also outdated. An updated Act must be drafted. Thirty years on, the French Language Services …