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Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2008-2013: Acting for the Future

Sharing the road: a more inclusive implementation

The Government of Canada is committed to exercising its leadership in official languages in a spirit of complementarity and respect for the jurisdictions of its provincial and territorial partners. Increased recognition of the value of linguistic duality, and its expression in many communities, stems from the collaboration of many actors. In this respect, the Government of Canada considers the roles of its partners essential to the promotion of English and French in Canada, and hopes to increase the number of areas of cooperation.

Among these collaborative efforts, the Government will favour those with the provincial and territorial governments, including with Quebec, the cradle of the Canadian Francophonie, and with New Brunswick, which occupies a unique place as the country's only officially bilingual province. The Government will also leverage civil-society partners, the private and volunteer sectors, and those Canadians who know, learn and teach their second official language.

In the spirit of partnership, the Government of Canada provides financial assistance to the provinces and territories so that they may offer young Canadians an education in the minority official language and of the second official language. Agreements signed with provinces and territories have allowed the implementation of initiatives aimed at enhancing core and immersion programs, supporting teaching staff, and increasing access to postsecondary education. The Government of Canada and provincial and territorial governments have also struck agreements to ensure the delivery and development of services in certain key areas for official-language minority communities, such as early childhood, healthcare and social services, justice and economic development.

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