Harper Government Invests in Manitoba’s Francophone Community

WINNIPEG, March 22, 2012 - The Francophone community in Manitoba will continue to thrive, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. Support for 13 organizations was announced today by Shelly Glover, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament (Saint Boniface), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. Mrs. Glover made the announcement in the presence of leaders from Manitoba’s Francophone community, along with the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and La Francophonie. 

“Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in organizations that help define our culture and promote our identity,” said Minister Moore. “By supporting these organizations, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture, heritage, and official languages.”

“The organizations receiving funding today play a key role in the development of Francophone communities in Manitoba, and we are proud to support their efforts,” said Mrs. Glover. “Investments in official languages have significant social and economic impacts for our communities and for all Canadians.”

“Manitoba’s Francophone community contributes every day to the socioeconomic development of Manitoba and Canada,” said Daniel Boucher, President–Executive Director of the Société franco-manitobaine. “The investments announced today further strengthen the partnership between the Francophone community and the Government of Canada and ensure the ongoing advancement of these communities.”

Funding will support a wide range of initiatives that will help strenghten the economy, promote official languages, and support the development of the Francophone community in Manitoba. Among the organizations receiving support are Canadian Parents for French Manitoba, the Cercle Molière, and the Conseil jeunesse provincial.

The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $1,970,400 through the Official Languages Support Programs. For more details about the funding, see the attached backgrounder.

BACKGROUNDER

 

Official Languages: Cultural Development Fund

The objectives of this fund include supporting and strengthening the cultural and artistic activities of official-language minority communities to enhance their vitality, and giving Canadians access to the richness of the culture, arts, and heritage of these communities.

Official Languages: Cultural Development Fund
CommunityOrganizationProjectFunding

Winnipeg

Le Centre culturel franco-manitobain

Together in dance

$75,000 (2011–2013)

Winnipeg

Le 100 Nons

Music for youth

$35,000 (2011–2013)

 

TOTAL: $110,000

 

Official Languages: Development of Official-Language Communities Program

This program aims to foster the development of Canada’s minority Anglophone and Francophone communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.

Official Languages: Development of Official-Language Communities Program
CommunityOrganizationProjectFunding

Winnipeg

Association culturelle franco-manitobaine

Development of regional cultural programming in Manitoba

$100,000 (2012–2013)

Winnipeg

Association des municipalités bilingues du Manitoba

2012–2013 programming

$110,000 (2012–2013)

Winnipeg

Le Centre culturel franco-manitobain

2012–2013 programming

$155,000 (2012–2013)

Winnipeg

Le Cercle Molière

2012–2013 theatrical programming

$140,000 (2012–2013)

Winnipeg

Le Conseil de développement économique des municipalités bilingues du Manitoba

2012–2013 programming

$165,000 (2012–2013)

Winnipeg

Conseil jeunesse provincial

2012–2013 programming

$175,000 (2012–2013)

Winnipeg

Directorat de l’activité sportive du Manitoba

2012–2013 programming

$29,500 (2012–2013)

Winnipeg

Fédération des aînés franco-manitobains

2012–2013 annual programming

$61,750 (2012–2013)

Winnipeg

Maison des artistes visuels francophones

Contemporary public art at the Jardin de sculptures de la Maison des artistes

$55,000 (2011–2013)

Winnipeg

Société franco-manitobaine

2012–2013 programming

$679,150 (2012–2013)

Winnipeg

Société historique de Saint-Boniface

2012–2013 programming

$70,000 (2012–2013)

Winnipeg

Le 100 Nons

2012–2013 programming

$95,000 (2012–2013)

 

TOTAL: $1,835,400

 

Official Languages: Enhancement of Official Languages Program

This program is designed to foster among Canadians a greater understanding and appreciation of the benefits of linguistic duality.

Official Languages: Enhancement of Official Languages Program
CommunityOrganizationProjectFunding

Winnipeg

Canadian Parents for French Manitoba

LIFE (Linking Immigrants to French and English) in Manitoba - LIFE in MB

$25,000 (2012–2013)

 

TOTAL: $25,000