Official Languages Funding Programs

The Department of Canadian Heritage supports a range of Official Languages Funding Programs. The collective goal of these programs is to:

  • promote French and English languages in Canadian society; and
  • encourage the development of Francophone and Anglophone communities in minority situations.

Within the Official Languages Funding Programs, there are four main funding components:

Development of Official Language Communities

The Development of Official Language Communities component is designed to foster the vitality of Canada's French and English-speaking minority communities.

Through partnerships and agreements with organizations, provinces, territories, municipalities, federal departments and agencies, this program enhances access to quality education and services in the language of these minority communities.

Read more about the four sub-components supported through Development of Official Language Communities.

Minority Language Education

The Minority Language Education component supports official language minority communities (Anglophones in Quebec and Francophones outside Quebec). This component aims to improve the provincial and territorial supply of programs and activities at all levels of education. It also aims to increase the production and dissemination of knowledge and innovative methods and tools to support teaching in the language of the minority.

Read more about the two sub-components supported by Minority Language Education.

Second Language Learning

The Second Language Learning component supports programs and activities offered by the provinces and territories for the instruction of English and French as first and second official languages at all levels of learning. This component also aims to increase the production and dissemination of knowledge and innovative methods and tools, to support language instruction.

Discover the two sub-components supported by Second Language Learning.

Promotion of Linguistic Duality

The Promotion of Linguistic Duality component supports Canadian organizations from various sectors in activities that promote a better understanding or appreciation of linguistic duality among members of the two official language communities. This component also promotes the provision of services in both English and French, in order to build a bilingual capability within non-governmental organizations.

Discover the three sub-components supported by the Promotion of Linguistic Duality.

Bilingual Advantage Initiative

Bilingual Advantage funds projects of up to $1,000 that directly engage students from Core French, French as second language and French immersion programs from grades 3 to 9 in activities that take place outside the classroom. The objectives are to encourage bilingualism in school and in the community.

Learn more about the Bilingual Advantage Initiative.




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