Federal ­Government commits $2.7 billion for language ­support

By Gordon Lambie
Federal ­Government commits $2.7 billion for language ­support

Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau jointly announced a new action plan for Canada’s official languages on Wednesday, unveiling $500 million in new spending that brings the total Federal investment in minority language communities in the country to an unprecedented $2.7 billion over the next five years. Included in the announcement were several references to the issues faced by rural English-speaking Quebecers and a commitment to do more to serve the needs of minority language communities directly “This is a plan developed with communities, for communities,” Trudeau said calling the protection and promotion of Canada’s two official languages, “Good news for all Canadians.” “This new plan contains more than 30 new measures to help support our communities across the country and ensure that official languages continue to thrive for years to come,” Joly said, “from a Francophone immigration strategy and early childhood education, culture and education initiatives to a new fund for English-speaking Quebecers.” See full story in the Thursday, March 29th edition of The Record.

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