|By PR Newswire||
|March 28, 2014 08:59 PM EDT||
Government of Canada supports two important projects in Manitoba
WINNIPEG, March 28, 2014 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada today announced support for the construction of a new school--community centre, and for the expansion of a school in Manitoba. Funding of $2.7 million will go towards the construction of a new school--community centre to better serve the needs of students and of Thompson's Francophone community, while $1.5 million will support the expansion of l'École Taché and addition of community spaces.
In addition to supporting minority-language learning in Manitoba, the new school--community centre will serve all members of Thompson's Francophone community by making community spaces available. Students and members of the community could have access to their new school--community centre by March 2016.
L'École Taché will be able to increase its early childhood and daycare services. In addition, a multipurpose room will be available for use by members of the minority Francophone community.
Part of the funding announced today comes from the Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages 2013--2018: Education, Immigration, Communities.
- Around 240,000 students in official-language minority communities across Canada go to school in their language, including more than 5,200 young Francophones from Manitoba.
- More than 41,000 Manitobans have French as their first official language.
"Our Government made a firm commitment to support minority
official-language communities. Today, I am proud to announce our
Government's support for these two very important projects, which will
encourage continued community development. I am delighted that our
Government is investing in and supporting Franco-Manitoban vitality."
—Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
"La Commission scolaire franco-manitobaine thanks the federal government
and, particularly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Language
Shelly Glover, for their commitment and much-appreciated contribution
to these two building projects—the construction of the École
communautaire La Voie du Nord, in Thompson, and the major expansion of
l'École Taché. It goes without saying that the school community and the
surrounding French community will greatly benefit from the
implementation of these projects.
— Bernard Lesage, President of la Commission scolaire franco-manitobaine
SOURCE Canadian Heritage