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Ottawa, Jan 25 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made this week by Marie-France Lalonde, Ontario Minister of Francophone along with Francophone community leaders at the Collège Boréal in Sudbury that Ontario would be investing $3 million over three years period in funding 57 community projects through the Francophone Community Grants program (FCGP), media reports said.
FCGP was reportedly created in 2017 budget and was approved by Ontario government to commit $1.0 million annually for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20 to promote Franco-Ontarian community's cultural and community activities.
"A strong Franco-Ontarian community means a strong Ontario...the engagement of francophone community organizations is an essential part of the overall development of our province...Its success is a clear demonstration of the strength and vitality of the francophone community in Ontario," Marie-France Lalonde was reported to state.
Marie-France Lalonde. Image credit: Facebook page
Three organizations in Sudbury that will reportedly receive funding through the FCGP are namely Greater Sudbury's ACFO, City of Greater Sudbury and Le Club Amical du nouveau.
Theses community projects that will reportedly receive funding include Franco-Ontarian organizations, municipalities and not-for-profit groups from across the province, Youth and seniors outreach, Social integration of Francophone immigrants, Celebration of Franco-Ontarian culture, training of volunteers through workshops and learning-based projects.
Promotion of health resources for francophones and programming would reportedly be provided at a local, regional or provincial level.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)