Bilingual Advantage Initiative — Promotion of Linguistic Duality

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.

Who can apply

You must be a teacher in a Core French, French as second language or a French immersion program in Canada. Only one application per school is accepted.

Deadline date

January 28, 2019

Eligible projects

Your activity must:

  • promote bilingualism in your school and in the community;
  • engage students in Core French, French as second language and French immersion programs from grades 3 to 9 in learning experiences in an immersive community;
  • be supported by the school management.

You must indicate in the application form the name of the person authorized to represent your school and confirm support of the event.

Priority could be given to the promotion of learning and use of official languages not only in school, but also in the community.

Eligible activities will be assessed based on the province or territory of origin to ensure regional representation.

Eligible expenses

They are administrative fees (up to a maximum of 15% of the approved amount). They can also include fees such as admission to a play or transportation costs for participants to get to the activity. They must be pertinent, reasonable, and essential to achieving the objectives of your project. The liability insurance is mandatory and is an eligible expense.

The following categories are not eligible:

  • Costs related to infrastructure;
  • Lobbying activities, advocacy;
  • Activities that take place outside Canada;
  • Prizes, souvenirs;
  • Food and beverages.

Funding is eligible upon receipt of the application. If you incur costs for your activity before receiving written confirmation of the approved grant, you do so at your expense.

We have the responsibility to determine the eligibility of each applicant, of their event and of all related costs.

To ensure the success of your activity, we encourage you to diversify your sources of funding. It may take the form of contributions from your school, the private sector or other levels of government.

We can fund up to a maximum of $1,000 per project.

How to apply

To obtain an application package, contact the Official Languages Support Programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage. You must fill out and sign the application form and send it to: no later than January 28.

The electronic signature is accepted. The person whose name appears on the form must send the application form by email. It must be sent, no later than 23:59, local time, on the deadline date to be considered eligible.

We will acknowledge receipt of your application within two weeks of its receipt in our office.

Funding decisions will be communicated within 4 weeks of the deadline date.

Funding terms

We will fund successful projects by means of a grant. Your signed application and the approval letter will constitute the grant agreement.

Even if your event is eligible, funding is not guaranteed. It is possible that the approved grant may be less than the amount requested.

If the grant for your activity is approved, we will send you the registration form for a payment via direct deposit.

You must publish the results of your activity on social media or on the school's website and you must send us the appropriate links. Make sure to obtain the required permissions to publish photographs, videos or voices of participants.

In submitting an application, whether it is approved or not, you agree to answer questionnaires or surveys that we will send you.

Contact us

Department of Canadian Heritage
Official Languages Support Programs
15 Eddy Street, 7th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0M5

1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)
1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)

Agents are available to answer your questions Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST)

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