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Ontario investing in Francophone communities


Ontario Minister of Francophone Affairs Caroline Mulroney announced that 48 community organizations and businesses will receive a total of $ 1 million in funding as part of the redesigned 2019-2020 Francophone Community Grants Program.

The program supports the cultural and economic development of the province’s Francophone communities. Based on feedback received from organizations, businesses and ministry partners in round-tables and meetings organized earlier last year, it was expanded for 2019-20 to target both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations.

Funding from the program will help strengthen the capacity of 48 Francophone organizations and businesses to serve Ontario’s French-speaking community, with a focus on improving frontline services, and to promote the French-language and culture. The scope and objectives of the selected projects span several key sectors and include festivals, cultural events, training and recruitment activities to help businesses find bilingual workers, as well as workshop initiatives, marketing and promotional supports.

“The Francophone Community Grants Program is a central element of our government’s plan to build the capacity of Francophone organizations across Ontario and those serving Francophone markets,” said Mulroney. “By providing them with opportunities to implement impactful projects, we will help Francophone communities thrive and contribute to the overall prosperity of our province.”

Applicants were able to apply for grants under the Community and Culture stream or the Economic Development stream.

Selected projects begin on or after November 1, 2019 and end on or before April 30, 2020.

 

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Posted: Jan 31, 2020

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