Highlights / french

Society

Location of first French Ontario University revealed

The Université de l’Ontario français revealed on Feb. 26, that it will be located in downtown Toronto on 9 Lower Jarvis. “This is a historic milestone for Université de l’Ontario français. We express our complete gratitude and sincere thanks to »

Immigration & Refugees, International, Society

One PhD chapter in English prevents French woman from immigrating to Quebec

Immigrating to the French-speaking province of Quebec is a dream for many French citizens. To achieve this, some start by studying in the province before deciding to stay longer. That’s what Emilie Dubois did. A French citizen, she did her »

Society

Funding for minority language training announced

English and French are the official languages of Canada and the federal government has announced $34.6 million will be spent to promote their use. There are three initiatives. The government will partner with an association of French colleges and universities »

Politics, Society

French-speaking Ontarians ‘losing a pillar’: report

French-speaking people are a  minority in the province of Ontario and, as of May 1, 2019, they will no longer have an independent commissioner to advance their language rights. The current French Language Services Commissioner of Ontario Francois Boileau has »

Arts & Entertainment, Economy, International, Politics, Society

March 20 International Francophonie Day

It was on this day back in 1970 that Canada joined with 19 other states or governments in signing a pact to promote cultural and technological exchanges among French speaking countries. The agreement signed in Niamey Niger created an agency »

Politics, Society

Official languages act to be modernized

This year is the 50th anniversary of Canada’s Official Language Act which recognized the equal status of English and French and gave all those who spoke English or French the right to communicate with the federal government and receive services »

Society

‘Critical shortage’ of French teachers flagged by language official

Canadian parents increasingly want their children to learn French as a second language but there are not enough teachers to meet the demand, says Canada’s Commissioner of Official Languages. The commissioner’s mandate as set out by Parliament is to ensure »

International, Politics

Canada’s Michaelle Jean loses bid to head “La Francophonie”

Officially it’s the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, or more simply “la Francophonie”. It represents some 58 nations and governments as members with several more as observers Canada’s Michaelle Jean, as Secretary-General since 2014 had been seeking a second term »

Arts & Entertainment, Society

English and French minority schools get funds for cultural activities

The government of Canada has many projects to promote the country’s two official languages, English and French. As part of that it will provide up to $7.5 million starting in 2019-20 for cultural activities in schools where the language is »

Society

Outrage in Canada over pronunciation of names at Olympics

The uproar over the pronunciation of the names of some of Canada’s hockey players at the Olympics speaks volumes about English French language tensions in this country. High-level politicians expressed outrage that a play-by-play announcer was told that some of »