Enabling Fund for Official Language Minority Communities Program 

Program overview

The Enabling Fund for Official Language Minority Communities (EF-OLMC) Program's objective is to enhance the economic development and vitality of official language minority communities (OLMCs) across Canada.

OLMCs are groups of people whose first or chosen official language is not the majority language in their province or territory. In other words, French-speakers outside Quebec and English-speakers in Quebec.

The Program's objectives are achieved by funding organizations to:

How this program works

The EF-OLMC Program follows the "by and for" approach, which considers the needs and priorities of OLMCs in the design and delivery of initiatives. As a result, projects that receive funding under the Program are implemented by OLMC organizations for the benefit of individuals living in OLMCs, as well as their organizations and businesses.

The Program's funding is divided into 2 streams:

Stream 1 - Community Economic Development and Human Resources Development

Under stream 1, the EF-OLMC Program strengthens OLMCs' capacity in the areas of community economic development and human resources development, and promotes partnerships. Funding is provided to a network of 14 organizations across Canada.

The Community Economic Development and Human Resources Development stream includes 3 categories of activities.

Stream 2 - Employment Assistance Services

Under stream 2, the EF-OLMC Program funds OLMC organizations to provide tailored employment assistance services to individuals living in OLMCs so that they can find, obtain, or maintain employment. The Program also ensures that the services it funds are integrated into the broader provincial or territorial skills and employment delivery system to fully support clients' needs.

The Employment Assistance Services stream includes four categories of activities.

Funding Streams

Further Information and Related Links

The EF-OLMC is one of ESDC's initiatives that contribute to fulfilling its obligations under Part VII of the Official Languages Act. It is also part of the Action Plan for Official Languages 2023 to 2028: Protection-Promotion-Collaboration.

Other Departmental programs that deliver OLMC-focused initiatives under the Action Plan include:

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