Community organizations and health-planning agencies receive more support and the French-Language Services Act is reviewed and improved
Ontario has the second-largest francophone community in Canada outside of Quebec.
In 2014, you elected us to build Ontario up. Since then, the Ontario Liberal government has consistently supported Franco-Ontarians’ rights and access to services in French.
We brought in the French-Language Services Act to guarantee access to French services in designated regions and created the position of French-Language Services Commissioner. We created a standalone Ministry of Francophone Affairs and have taken steps to improve access to justice in French.
We established the Francophone Community Grants Program to support the vitality and growth of francophone communities and. We created six French-Language Health Planning Entities to improve French-language health services.
We passed legislation to recognize the City of Ottawa’s bilingual character. We are also promoting Ontario’s Francophonie around the world through Observer Member status in the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.
But we are hearing from people that we need to do more. As the number of francophones grows in our province, they have a right to receive services in French where and when they need them. Investments in culture, education and health care will strengthen our francophone communities and promote the French language and culture in Ontario and around the world.
That’s why the Ontario Liberals will continue to invest in strong and healthy francophone communities. Our plan will:
- Review and improve the French Language Services Act to continue to strengthen Ontario’s Francophonie’s access to quality government services in French
- Double the Francophone Community Grant amount and make the program permanent
- Build a new facility for the Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans to improve access to French-language recreational services
- Continue to promote Ontario’s Francophonie through active participation in the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie
- Create a new French-language university and enhance French and bilingual postsecondary schools
- Strengthen and expanding the role of Ontario’s French-Language Health Planning Entities
- Expand mental health supports and access to long-term care for underserved populations, including francophone communities
- Launch Route Champlain, a 1,500-km tourist route that showcases Ontario’s francophone history, culture and heritage