Harper Government Supports the Association des Radios Communautaires Acadiennes du Nouveau-Brunswick

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MONCTON, April 12, 2012 - Community radio stations will bring radio programming to the Francophones and Acadians in New Brunswick, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. This was announced today by Robert Goguen, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament (Moncton–Riverview–Dieppe), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Funding will enable the Association des radios communautaires acadiennes du Nouveau-Brunswick (ARCANB) to offer year-round activities to its 10 member community radio stations, which reach about 70 percent of the Acadian and Francophone population in the province. The ARCANB will continue to promote its member radio stations, while also setting up a new station. Through access to community radio, Francophone communities will benefit from programming that targets their interests and needs in their own language.

“Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in organizations like the ARCANB,” said Minister Moore. “We are committed to supporting the cultural and economic vitality of official-language minority communities in New Brunswick and the rest of Canada.”

“Our Government is proud to support community radio for New Brunswick’s Francophone and Acadian communities,” said Mr. Goguen. “This radio network provides Francophones and Francophiles with access to programming that focuses on Francophone culture, thus fostering a strong sense of pride and identity.”

“The financial support from the Government of Canada will enable the Association des radios communautaires acadiennes du Nouveau-Brunswick to implement its strategic plan and work with its members and provincial partners to provide basic training and professional development for volunteer and permanent staff,” said Paul Demers, Chair of the ARCANB. “The contribution will also help the ARCANB develop and maintain close relationships with other provincial associations and groups in order to deliver accessible public messaging that has a real impact on the development and vitality of the Acadian and Francophone communities we serve.”

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $104,000 ($52,000 in 2012–2013 and $52,000 in 2013–2014) through the Community Life component of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program. This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage 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.