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$285,000 for Les Compagnons des francs loisirs

September 25, 2023

Ontario Celebrates Franco-Ontarian Day

NORTH BAY – Today we celebrate the 400+ year history and culture of Ontario’s rich and dynamic Francophone community. In honour of Franco-Ontarian Day, Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing announced that the Ontario government has invested a total of $285,000 to Les Compagnons des francs loisirs through four different provincial funding streams.

“We celebrate September 25th in our schools, in our public spaces and on the grounds of Queen’s Park,” said MPP Vic Fedeli. “This day is an opportunity for our government to honour the members of our Franco-Ontarian community and thank them for their dedication and determination to make our province a place that reflects their ambitions, interests and values. We wish each and every one of you a wonderful Franco-Ontarian Day and we would like to thank Les Compagnons for putting on our local Francophone events.”

“En cette Journée franco-ontarienne, nous exprimons notre profonde gratitude envers le gouvernement de l’Ontario pour son soutien indéfectible envers notre communauté française. Ensemble, nous avons prouvé que lorsque nous nous tenons unis avec un objectif commun, notre force ne connaît pas de limites. C’est grâce à cet effort collectif que nous assurons un avenir plus prometteur pour tous. Notre population est le bénéficiaire ultime de cette synergie dynamique, et alors que nous célébrons aujourd’hui, rappelons-nous qu’ensemble, nous continuons à enrichir la toile de l’Ontario avec notre langue, notre patrimoine, et nos rêves partagés.” – Sébastien Goyer et Arnaud Claude, Les Compagnons.

“As we gather on this Franco-Ontarian Day, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Ontario government for their unwavering support of our vibrant French community. Together, we have proven that when we stand united with a common purpose, our strength knows no bounds. It is through this collective effort that we ensure a brighter future for all. Our population is the ultimate beneficiary of this dynamic synergy, and as we celebrate today, let us remember that together, we continue to enrich the tapestry of Ontario with our language, heritage, and shared dreams.” – Sébastien Goyer et Arnaud Claude, Les Compagnons.

Funding includes the following:

  • $70,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Grant’s Internship Program, to support staff assisting with communications and coordinating special projects.
  • $21,560 through the 2023 Experience Ontario Grant to support the Festival Franco-Ontarios.

Also included:

  • $169,000 through the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Community Resilient Fund will help with build its resilience and sustainability by equipping ourselves with technologies and automation to adapt, improve and expand our programs and services based on a community consultation process.
  • $25,000 through the Seniors Community Grant Program, to support their seniors program called Passepart vie active pour les ainés


  • The Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the North.
  • Experience Ontario is a provincial grant program that supports festivals and events that motivate visitors to rediscover Ontario, while connecting people with local experiences and increasing visitor spending. The 2023 program is providing $19.5 million in support to over 280 festivals and events across the province.
  • The next round of the Ontario Trillium Fund’s Resilient Community Fund is now accepting applications. For more information, please see the following website: Resilient Communities Fund | Ontario Trillium Foundation (otf.ca)


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