McGuinty Government Supporting Francophone Community
April 26, 2010
September 25 is now Franco-Ontarian Day in the province of Ontario.
The Franco-Ontarian Day Act adopted unanimously today by the Legislative Assembly proclaims September 25 of each year as Franco-Ontarian Day. This Day will, every year, officially recognize the contribution of Ontario’s Francophone community to the cultural, historical, social, economic and political life of the province.
Ontario has been working hard since 2003 to support strong communities; the proclamation of September 25th each year as Franco-Ontarian Day is an additional step in this direction.
“Franco-Ontarians of all origins now have a day to gather and celebrate the French presence in Ontario. September 25 will be an annual occasion to pay tribute to the Francophone community’s exceptional contribution to Ontario’s history and future.”
– Madeleine Meilleur, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs.
“Ontario’s Francophonie has reached today an important step. This recognition of our contribution with the proclamation of an official day is a historic moment long-awaited by Ontario’s Francophone community.”
– Mariette Carrier-Fraser, President of the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario.
* September 25th is the anniversary of the first raising of the Franco-Ontarian Flag in 1975.
* This year marks the 400th anniversary of French presence in Ontario.
* There are close to 600,000 Francophones in Ontario, the largest Francophone community outside of Quebec.
* Since 2003, the Ontario government has overseen the creation of the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner, the restructuring and revitalization of TFO, the addition of new French-designated areas and the creation of the Prix de la francophonie de l’Ontario.