FCC contributes $50,000 to 23 minority language projects

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Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is contributing to the vitality of Canada’s official languages. This year, $50,000 was awarded to 23 minority language projects across Canada.

The 23 recipients are:

Multi-provincial level:

• Association de la presse francophone (APF) : $15,000

• Association des radios communautaires de l’Ouest et Territoires (ARCOT) : $12,500

• Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française (FJCJ) : $12,500

Local level (each of the organizations below received $500):

• Cercle des Canadiens Français de Prince George – Prince George, British Columbia

• Les P’tits Lutins – Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

• École Héritage – Falher, Alberta

• La Société de la Petite Enfance et de la Famille du Sud de l’Alberta – Lethbridge, Alberta

• Centre éducatif Le Tournesol – Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan

• Chinook Regional Library – Swift Current, Saskatchewan

• Burundian Community of Regina – Regina, Saskatchewan

• École de Bellegarde – Bellegarde, Saskatchewan

• Étoiles d’la Rouge – Saint Jean Baptiste, Manitoba

• Municipalité de Val Rita-Harty – Val Rita, Ontario

• Radio communautaire Cornwall-Alexandria – Casselman, Ontario

• English Community Organization of Lanaudière – Rawdon, Quebec

• Massawippi Valley Health Centre – Ayer’s Cliff, Quebec

• Huntingdon Agricultural Society – Hinchinbrooke, Quebec

• Quebec 4-H Association – Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec

• District scolaire francophone Sud – Dieppe, New Brunswick

• École le Sommet – Moncton, New Brunswick

• École Dr-Marguerite-Michaud – Bouctouche, New Brunswick

• École Notre-Dame – Edmundston, New Brunswick

• Centre de la Petite Enfance de la Rive Sud – Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

This year is the 50th anniversary of Canada’s Official Languages Act. The act recognizes the equal status of English and French and gives all Canadians the right to communicate with the federal government and receive services in the language of their choice. It also supports the development of English and French linguistic minority communities and advances the equality of status and use of the English and French languages within Canadian society.

As a federal Crown corporation, FCC upholds this act. “This year’s funding recipients help to preserve the rich linguistic and cultural diversity that enhances our communities and helps to define Canada,” said Greg Honey, executive vice-president and chief human resources officer at FCC. “FCC is proud to support these groups in the work they do to express our unique bilingual heritage.”

To qualify, projects had to promote, support or enhance Canadian bilingualism or minority language development and respond to the needs identified in Canada’s National Action Plan for Official Languages: 2018 – 2023. Preference was given to projects based in or impacting rural Canada or that had ties to Canadian agriculture.

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