April 13, 2018 – Winnipeg
Dan Vandal, Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface – Saint Vital, announced support for several Francophone organizations in Manitoba. He made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Official Languages.
This funding will enable these organizations to continue their important work in fostering and nurturing official languages in minority communities and showcasing their art and culture.
“These organizations do excellent work in meeting the unique needs of the French-speaking population of our province. I am proud to announce this support for their projects that greatly contribute to the vitality of our community.”
MP Vandal indicated that this funding is based on levels set out in the former Action Plan for Official Languages 2013-2018. Therefore, the funding announced today could be supplemented in the coming months. He reiterated that the new Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023: Investing in Our Future proposes an additional investment of nearly $500 million over five years.
“This new plan contains more than 30 new measures. From a Francophone immigration strategy and early childhood education, culture and education initiatives to a new fund for English-speaking Quebeckers. These measures will contribute directly to the vitality of official-language minority communities across the country, including here in Manitoba,” said Dan Vandal.
- Total funding of $2,542,490 is being provided to 11 Francophone organizations in Manitoba.
- Funding has been provided through the Development of Official-Language Communities Program. See the attached backgrounder for additional information.
- This funding is based on levels set out in the former Action Plan for Official Languages 2013-2018. Therefore, the funding announced today could be supplemented in the coming months.
- The new Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023: Investing in Our Future proposes additional funding of $499.2 million over and above current investments of $2.2 billion, bringing the Government of Canada’s total support to almost $2.7 billion over five years.
|Development of Official-Language Communities Program||https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/official-languages/development.html|
|Action Plan for Official Languages 2018–2023: Investing in Our Future||https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/official-languages-bilingualism/official-languages-action-plan.html|