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Support for École François-Buote and the Carrefour de l'Isle-Saint-Jean
March 15, 2016 – Charlottetown – Department of Canadian Heritage
Bobby Morrissey, Member of Parliament (Egmont), took part today in the official opening of the renovated site of École François-Buote and the Carrefour de L’Isle-Saint-Jean on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. He took the opportunity to note the Government of Canada’s contribution to the renovations.
Under an agreement between the Government of Canada and Prince Edward Island, the Department of Canadian Heritage invested $2,104,150 in this project from 2011 to 2013.
Canadian Heritage contributed to the renovation and expansion of community spaces in collaboration with the province. The Acadian and Francophone community now possesses facilities that better support its growth.
A key investment for Prince Edward Island’s Acadian and Francophone community
- Canadian Heritage has agreements on minority-language education and second-language instruction with all of Canada’s provinces and territories, through the Official-Language Support Programs.
- There are close to 5,000 Francophones and Acadians in Prince Edward Island, representing 3.5 percent of the province’s population.
“The Canadian Francophonie is a treasure. I am very proud that my department plays a leading role in the development of official-language minority communities. I am also very pleased about this partnership with Prince Edward Island for the benefit of the province’s Francophone and Acadian community.”
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
“The school’s student enrolment has more than doubled in 25 years, demonstrating the vitality of Charlottetown’s Francophone and Acadian community. By investing in these two buildings, we are providing spaces for the community, and these will become meeting places that foster development going far beyond the classroom.”
—Bobby Morrissey, Member of Parliament (Egmont)
“École François-Buote and the Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean are in a state-of-the-art building that will be the pride of the Acadian and Francophone community in Charlottetown. French education cannot exist without government support, and the Acadian and Francophone community cannot grow without receiving French education. This is why governments have to work together to realize initiatives like this.”
—The Honourable Wade MacLauchlan, Premier of Prince Edward Island
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