P.E.I. participates in $2.4 million Francophone project


Published on March 19, 2017

To mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation, P.E.I. will participate in a national project for a Francophone heritage, culture and tourism corridor.

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To mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation, P.E.I. will participate in a national project for a Francophone heritage, culture and tourism corridor. Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced the approved project Friday.

“Our two official languages are at the heart of who we are, and we are proud to support the French language and culture in Canada,” said Joly.

The project, adopted by all provinces and territories, will promote community development and shine the spotlight on the Francophone communities.

Joly continued, “It will leave a major legacy of the 150th anniversary of Confederation for the country’s Francophones and Francophiles.”

Canadian Heritage is supporting this project with funding of $2.4 million from 2016 to 2018. RDÉE Canada, the national francophone economic development network, will be responsible for its implementation.

This historic project will highlight the contributions of all of Canada’s Francophone communities to the development of our country, and will support Canada’s tourism industry. CEO of RDÉE Canada Jean-Guy Bigeau

The tourist corridor will highlight the attractions of all provinces and territories in Canada with a Francophone cultural heritage.

P.E.I.’s participating attractions are yet to be announced.

RDÉE Canada has already appointed a coordinator. The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, has also expressed a strong interest in the project.

“By highlighting the French language, we hope to give visitors a rewarding experience and wonderful memories of an important aspect of our identity,” commented Chagger.

President and CEO of RDÉE Canada Jean-Guy Bigeau said the network is very pleased to be entrusted with the responsibility of implementing such an innovative, unifying and beneficial project for Francophone and Acadian communities throughout Canada.

“This historic project will highlight the contributions of all of Canada’s Francophone communities to the development of our country, and will support Canada’s tourism industry.”

Bigeau concluded, “We thank the Government of Canada for its leadership and the provincial and territorial governments for their collaboration. Through this synergy, this project will help unify Francophone communities and build Canadian economic prosperity.”

Just the Facts

•   More than four centuries of French presence have profoundly marked Canada’s history and heritage.

•   All provinces and territories of Canada have Francophone or Acadian communities.

•   The corridor will include sites, tourist attractions, museums and service points that reflect the French fact in Canada.

•   The major themes for Canada's 150th anniversary are diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the environment and youth.