Toronto, March 28, 2018 – “A strong Franco-Ontarian community means a strong Ontario,” said Minister of Finance for Ontario Charles Sousa during his/a budget speech. The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) believes that the 2018-2019 provincial budget will provide the Franco-Ontarian community with the tools necessary to strengthen and sustain itself.
The 2018 budget contains several elements that could have a positive effect on the status of French in the province. These include increasing the budget of the Ministry of Francophone Affairs, reinforcing the role of the French Language Health Planning Entities, including the linguistic identity of francophones on health cards, and allocating additional resources to mental health programs in francophone high schools. In addition, the government has committed to doubling its budget for the Francophone Community Grants Program.
“The AFO is happy to be working with the Ontario Government on several promising ventures that will enable our community to promote the vision it laid out in the Strategic Plan for Ontario’s Francophone Community: Vision 2025. The current budget shows that the government sees our community as an important partner,” said Carol Jolin, the President of the AFO.