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Support for the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie

March 3, 2016 – Gatineau (Quebec) – Department of Canadian Heritage

Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced the Government of Canada’s support for the 2016 Rendez-vous de la Francophonie. He made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

As part of its Official Languages Support Programs, the Department of Canadian Heritage has renewed its partnership with the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue in order to provide support in organizing the Rendez-vous.

The contribution of the Government of Canada amounts to $930,000 annually for the presentation of the Rendez-vous in 2016, 2017 and 2018, for a total of $2.79 million in funding.

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The Government of Canada is supporting the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie in 2016, 2017 and 2018!

Quick Facts

  • The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie precede International Francophonie Day. The event’s goal is to promote and sustain dialogue and closer relations between the Francophone and Acadian communities and all components of Canadian society.
  • International Francophonie Day will take place on March 20, 2016.
  • The Official Languages Support Programs have supported the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie financially since 2004.

Quotes

“The Canadian Francophonie is a treasure. It lets us be part of the great event that is International Francophonie Day. Our support for the Rendez-vous reflects our pride in seeing the Francophonie’s reach extend across the globe.”
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie are an exceptional showcase of the wealth of cultural and community activities that enliven Canada. From coast to coast to coast, thousands of activities are taking place in French, demonstrating the dynamism and diversity of the Canadian Francophonie.”
—Randy Boissonnault, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage

“The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie give us the opportunity to assert ourselves as Francophones and Acadians, to increase our visibility, and to celebrate with all the other communities in the country. I encourage you to take part in the Rendez-vous and to invite an Anglophone friend or newcomer!”
—Andrée Lortie, President, Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue

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