Government of Canada

07/10/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/10/2019 06:15

The Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia Announce Funding to Support Nova Scotia’s Francophone University Community

CHURCH POINT, Nova Scotia, July 10, 2019

Our two official languages are at the heart of Canadian identity, and are powerful tools for the inclusion and integration of diversity into our society. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the development of official-language minority communities and promoting bilingualism across the country.

Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, along with the Honourable Gordon Wilson, Nova Scotia Minister of Environment and MLA for Clare-Digby, announced funding for the renovation and modernization of the Gustave-Blanche Building on Université Sainte-Anne's Pointe-de-l'Église campus. Located in the St. Marys Bay region, the campus is at the heart of Nova Scotia's largest Acadian population.

The project involves renovating the roof, windows and exterior cladding, as well as upgrading certain interior spaces of this heritage building built in 1899. The work will address the current and future needs of students and the community through new multipurpose rooms and offices. The fourth floor will be upgraded and connected to the Internet to allow seminars and workshops to be held, broadcast and recorded, and to accommodate classes taught by special guest speakers. The new facilities will enhance Nova Scotia's contribution to the digital Francophonie and to the French language and culture in Canada.

The Government of Canada is providing $500,000 to the Government of Nova Scotia to support the renovation and modernization of the Gustave-Blanche Building. This funding is provided for under the Community Education Infrastructure sub-component of the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023: Investing in Our Future.

The Government of Nova Scotia is contributing $500,000 to the project.