Public Health Agency of Canada

08/12/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/12/2021 07:27

Minister Fortier Announces Support for Official Languages in Ottawa–Vanier

OTTAWA, August 12, 2021

Our two official languages are an integral part of our national identity. Canadians in official language minority communities have been resilient in preserving their language and culture for generations.

Today, the Honourable Mona Fortier, Minister of Middle Class Prosperity, Associate Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament (Ottawa-Vanier), announced an investment of $393,600 to support four official language minority organizations in Ottawa-Vanier. She made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages.

This funding will allow organizations to create and present theatre performances, develop and maintain partnerships with community organizations, and offer more services in French. It will help them function well and continue their activities, while dealing with the unique challenges they are facing during this pandemic.

The Government of Canada investment is being made under the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023.Three of the organizations have received a minimum 20-percent increase since 2018 and have now received confirmation of the renewal of their multi-year funding for 2021-2024. The fourth organization received funding for the first time.

Over three years, the Association des communautés francophones d'Ottawa will receive $147,600 while the Association française des municipalités de l'Ontario will receive $126,000 and the Compagnie Vox Théâtre will receive $90,000. Créations in Vivo received program funding for the first time in 2021-2022. The $30,000 investment will help the organization ensure its financial stability and plan multi-year activities.

On May 6 2021, Marie-France Lalonde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (FedDev Ontario and Official Languages) and Member of Parliament (Orléans), confirmed that the Government of Canada invested $3.2 million in 2020-2021 program funding for 36 organizations in Eastern Ontario, where every organization saw a minimum 20-percent total funding increase. The announcement included 22 organizations in Ottawa-Vanier.