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Ottawa-Orléans commemorates 400 years of French presence in Ontario

Three local projects receive funding as part of the Ontario 400th Celebrations Program


May 8th, 2015

ORLÉANS - Marie-France Lalonde, MPP for Ottawa-Orléans is pleased to announce the granting of funding amounting to $78,462 to three local organizations. She made the announcement today and was accompanied by representatives of Kombite Outaouais, recipient of $19,000 for Haiti festival, the Société franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de l’histoire d’Orléans (SFOPHO), recipient of $11,962 for Phase II of the installation of historical plaques and the Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans (MIFO), recipient of $47,500 for the presentation of Franco-Ontarian concerts.

Announced on April 21st, the province offers through the Ontario 400th Celebrations Program, funding worth $1.4 million to 62 community organizations and municipalities to help support events that commemorate the 400th anniversary of the French presence in Ontario.


"For the riding of Ottawa-Orléans, these local initiatives mean the recognition of our French heritage, celebration our cultural diversity and the promotion of arts and entertainment of our Franco-Ontarian artists."

 – Marie-France Lalonde, MPP for Ottawa-Orléans

“The Société franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de l’histoire d’Orléans (SFOPHO) is delighted to receive this financial assistance which will help us to design, install and celebrate eight new plaques commemorating pioneers who contributed to the development of Orléans. We are most thankful for the support provided by our MPP for Orléans, Marie-France Lalonde.”

–Nicole Fortier, President of SFOPHO

“With this funding, Kombite Outaouais, the organization that presents the Festival Haïti since 2007, will recognize institutions and organizations for their contribution to the French language in Ontario during an evening entitled Gala 400th. This support will also better promote the Festival events to ensure the presence of all existing cultures in Ontario.”

–Pierre-Richard Fidélia, Board member  

“We are very grateful for the financial support of the Ontario government as part of the Ontario 400th Celebrations Program. This funding allows us to celebrate 400 years of French-speaking presence in Ontario by the brilliance of local francophone artists during a series of cultural events. We are pleased to ensure that every citizen of our community has access to a francophone cultural vitality.”

–Glenn Moran, President of MIFO



  • The year 2015 marks the 400th anniversary of French explorer Samuel de Champlain’s first passage through Ontario.
  • More than 610,000 Francophones live in Ontario. It is the largest French-speaking community in Canada outside of Quebec.
  • Tourism in Ontario generates over $28 billion in economic activity and supports more than 359,000 direct and indirect jobs in Ontario.

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