Official Languages Support Programs

The Department of Canadian Heritage supports two official languages funding programs from which several initiatives are derived. The collective goal of these programs is to:

  • Enhance the vitality of English- and French-speaking minority communities; and
  • Promote the English and French languages in Canadian society.

Development of Official Languages Communities Program

This program enhances the vitality of Canada’s English- and French-speaking minority communities and supports their development.

Community Life Component

This component offers official language minority communities access to services in their own language, as well as the infrastructure necessary to ensure their growth and development. Discover the sub-components:

Cooperation with the Community Sector

Supports the engagement of community organizations and builds their capacity to act to achieve measurable gains in terms of community vitality, while encouraging innovation and excellence. This sub-component received additional funding under the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023.

Intergovernmental Cooperation on Minority Language Services

Helps provincial and territorial governments provide provincial, territorial and municipal services, other than education, in the language of the official language minority community, and in establishing and maintaining the necessary infrastructure to do so. This sub-component received additional funding for the three territories in Budget 2016.

Community Cultural Action Fund

Supports and strengthens the cultural, artistic and heritage activities of official language minority communities; and promotes the richness and diversity of the cultural, artistic and heritage expression of these communities. This sub-component received additional funding under the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023.

Community Cultural Action Micro-Grant Program for Minority Schools

Supports the offer of cultural activities for minority schools organized by community and cultural organizations in collaboration with the 900 schools of linguistic communities throughout the country. This new sub-component received funding under the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023.

Strategic Fund

Promotes the vitality of official language minority communities through major projects and/or strategic initiatives. This sub-component received additional funding under the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023.

Community Media Strategic Support Fund

Enables the minority community radio and newspaper sector to strengthen its overall viability, including developing a recovery strategy, and to continue to contribute to the vitality of the communities in which they are located. This new sub-component received funding under the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023.

Dedicated Fund for the English-Speaking Community of Quebec

Helps support projects that improve community vitality and that offer activities and services in English to members of the English-speaking community of Quebec. This new sub-component received funding under the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023.

Support for the Civic Community School Fund

Aims to enrich the life of civic community schools through cultural and identity-building activities. This new sub-component received funding under the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023.

Minority Language Education Component

This component is intended to help provincial and territorial governments provide education in the language of the official language minority community. It also supports the production and dissemination of knowledge and innovative methods and tools to support teaching in a minority environment. Discover the sub-components:

Intergovernmental Cooperation  

Helps provincial and territorial governments, directly or through the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), to provide opportunities for minority-language Canadians to be educated in their mother tongue and to enrich their cultural experience.

Cooperation with the Non-Governmental Sector

Aims to increase the production and dissemination of knowledge, innovative methods and tools to support minority-language education. This sub-component received additional funding under the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023.

Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy in Minority French Language Schools

Aims to develop and support a variety of strategies and activities to address the shortage of teachers in Francophone minority schools. This new sub-component received funding under the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023.

Infrastructure Projects

Aims to support infrastructure projects that will contribute to the vitality of our cultures and languages by bringing people together to celebrate and exchange. Discover the sub-components:

Community-Based Educational Infrastructure

Provides an opportunity for provinces and territories to undertake construction projects related to educational and community infrastructure of official language minority communities. This new sub-component received funding under the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023.

Community Spaces Fund

Provides an opportunity for official language minority communities to build, renovate and modernize multipurpose spaces in which various services and activities will be accessible to them. This new sub-component received funding under the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023.

Enhancement of Official Languages Program

This program promotes the full recognition and use of English and French in Canadian society.

Promotion of Linguistic Duality Component

This component supports activities that promote a better understanding and appreciation of the benefits of knowing and using both of Canada’s official languages and encourages the provision of services in both official languages. Discover the sub-components:

Appreciation and rapprochement

Promotes a greater appreciation of linguistic duality and a rapprochement between Canadians from both linguistic groups. This sub-component received additional funding under the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023.

Support for Interpretation and Translation

Supports non-governmental organizations who wish to encourage participation in both official languages at public events and increase the number of documents that are available in both official languages.

Promotion of Bilingual Services

Encourages various non-governmental sector organizations, particularly volunteer organizations, to provide services in English and in French and to share their best practices in this area.

Bilingual Advantage Initiative

Encourages bilingualism at school and in the community.

Second Language Learning Component

This component helps provincial and territorial governments offer English and French as second languages learning. It also supports the production and dissemination of knowledge and innovative methods and tools, to support language instruction. Discover the sub-components:

Intergovernmental Cooperation

Supports provincial and territorial governments, directly or through the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), to provide opportunities to study English or French as a second language and to offer cultural enrichment.

Cooperation with the Non-Governmental Sector

Aims to increase the production and dissemination of knowledge and innovative methods and tools to support second-language instruction. This sub-component received additional funding under the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023.

Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy in French Immersion and French Second-Language Programs

Aims to develop and support a variety of strategies and activities to address the shortage of teachers in immersion programs and French as a second language. This new sub-component received funding under the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023.

French Second Language Post-Secondary Scholarships

Scholarships to encourage English-speaking students to continue their post-secondary studies in their second official language, French, to maintain their language skills and bilingualism.

Complementary Measures

These measures are funded by both programs and support both the development of official language communities and the enhancement of official languages.

Complementary Support for Language Learning

Supports activities or interactions that contribute to language learning or development. Discover the sub-components:

Destination Clic

A three-week intensive summer immersion bursary program for young Francophones from official language minority communities for the development of their first language.

Explore

Five-week spring or summer intensive immersion scholarships for young Anglophones and Francophones to learn their second language. This program received additional funding under the Action Plan 2018-2023.

Odyssey

Full-time language instructor positions at elementary, secondary or post-secondary institutions to enable youth to work with teachers to enhance French first-language or English/French-as-a-second-language courses. This program received additional funding under the Action Plan 2018-2023.

Young Canada Works

Offers a variety of summer job and internship programs for job seekers and employers. Discover the sub-components:

Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages

Six- to sixteen-week paid summer jobs where youth can work in their second official language or provide assistance to official language minority communities.

Young Canada Works at Building Careers in English and French

Paid internships of four to twelve months in which youth can develop career-based skills to help them transition to the job market.

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