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Budget 2018: The largest federal investment in Official Languages in Canada’s history
BOISBRIAND, April 6th 2018 – “Canada’s two official languages, English and French, are at the heart of who we are as Canadians” – MP Linda Lapointe.
Linda Lapointe, MP for Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, is really proud to be part of a government that cares about our linguistic duality. She believes that a more bilingual Canada better respects our official-language minority communities, enriches our culture and enhances our economic competitiveness.
In Canada, we have more than 1 million Francophones living outside Quebec and over 1.1 million Anglophones living in Quebec. The government understands the challenges that official language minority communities are facing, and has developed an Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023 to help address some of these challenges.
“Our Action Plan will increase the core funding of community organizations by $70 million over fives years, to more than $320 million. This will help build up the not-for-profit organizations that develop English-and-French-speaking minority communities and the people who are promoting and supporting second-language learning” noted Lapointe.
For the English-speaking communities in Quebec, the government will create a new dedicated fund of $5.3 million over five years. “This fund will help community organizations identify needs and find sustainable ways to deliver services to English speakers in various regions and sectors” adds Lapointe.
Moreover, the Action Plan supports community media and the next generation of media professional by creating a $10 million Community Media Strategic Support Fund over the next five years. “This Fund is very important, it gives financial support to projects that help sustain official-language minority community media – both radio and newpapers. We are also increasing funding by $4.5 million over five years to Young Canada Works at Building Careers in English and French, which will create 35 internships at English-and-French-language minority community radio stations and newpapers” recalls Mrs. Lapointe.
Mrs. Lapointe also pointed out that the government also invests in making services available for people in the official language of their choice. To this end, the government will fund a series of initiatives to improve access to quality education, health and justice. To support minority-language education, the government will renew a total of $745.5 million over fives years. The Action Plan also provides $22.5 million over five years to improve access to services in official-language minority communities. Especially for the English-language health networks in Quebec, the government provides $3.5 million over five years.
Caroline Lachance, Constituency assistant
Office of the MP for Rivière-des-Mille-Îles
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