The governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories increase their support for learning French as a second language
Additional funding will help support French as a second language learning for students in Northwest Territories.
YELLOW KNIFENT , July 20, 2022 /CNW/ – from Canada two official languages are an asset for all Canadians. The government of Canada is committed to encouraging bilingualism in Canadanow and for future generations, creating more opportunities for students to thrive, grow and play in French and English schools.
Today, Marc G. Serré, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Official Languages, announced that the government of Canada increases funding by an additional amount $943,000 for two years to help Northwest Territories increase the possibilities of learning French. The Northwest Territories contributes $290,000. Mr. Serré made the announcement on behalf of the Honorable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
This funding is in addition to more than $110.5 million that the government of Canada has already provided Northwest Territories over four years for French minority language education and second language learning.
Among other things, the new funds will make it possible to:
- Increase the number of schools offering core French programs;
- Increase the number of students enrolled in Core French;
- Increase the number of grade levels and students enrolled in French Immersion.
The additional funding will allow students to Northwest Territories with more resources and opportunities to learn French as a second language.
This support is in addition to existing funding under the Canada–Northwest Territories Agreement on Minority-Language Education and Second-Language Instruction 2019-2020 to 2022-2023.
“This additional funding will help meet the growing needs of schools and ensure from Canada bilingual future. Access to education in French for Anglophone students plays a key role in promoting bilingualism. Our government is reaffirming its commitment to supporting the vitality of official languages across the country. »
—The Honorable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
“The additional funding that I am announcing today on behalf of Minister Petitpas Taylor will breathe new life into the teaching of French as a second language in the Northwest Territories. We were told about this need and this funding demonstrates our commitment to supporting bilingualism everywhere. Canadaincluding the Northwest Territories.”
— Marc G. Serré, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Official Languages
“The Northwest Territories has a rich cultural and linguistic diversity and this funding will help strengthen the Franco-Tenoise community. The government of the Northwest Territories is proud of its Core French and French Immersion programs in NWT schools, and we hope to see more students enrolled and more schools offering these programs. »
—The Honorable RJ simpsons, Northwest Territories Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Minister of Justice and Government House Leader
Budget 2021 proposes to provide Canadian Heritage $180$0.4 million over three years, starting in 2021-22, to help students across the country achieve higher levels of bilingualism. Being bilingual is a competitive advantage for Canadians.
The Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023: Investing in Our Future includes an unprecedented investment of $2$0.7 billion over five years, including $500 million in new funding, to support official language minority communities and promote bilingualism across the country.
Bilateral agreements with the government of the Northwest Territories have been in place for more than 50 years to support the territories in the implementation of their French language education and second official language teaching activities.
On March 1, 2022, the government of Canada tabled an enhanced bill to support the substantive equality of official languages by Canada and to adapt the Official Languages Act to a changing society. This bill aims, among other things, to remedy the decline of French in Canadaclarify and strengthen the section of the Official Languages Act concerning the promotion of official languages and support official language minority communities.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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