Ministry of Francophone Affairs

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Ministry of Francophone Affairs
Ministère des Affaires francophones  (French)
Ministry overview
Preceding Ministry
  • Office of Francophone Affairs
JurisdictionGovernment of Ontario
Ministers responsible

The Ministry of Francophone Affairs (French: Ministère des Affaires francophones) in the Canadian province of Ontario is responsible for the provision of government services to Franco-Ontarian citizens and communities.[2]

It was originally founded as the Office of Francophone Affairs (French: Office des affaires francophones) in 1986 by the government of David Peterson,[3] as an expansion of the former Office of the Government Coordinator of French-Language Services.[4] It was upgraded to a full ministry in 2017 by the government of Kathleen Wynne.[5]

Following the 2018 Ontario general election, the new government of Doug Ford announced plans to demote the department from a ministry back down to an office,[6] but was forced to backtrack in the face of community opposition.[7]

Under the province's French Language Services Act, the provincial government provides French language services if a community or region's francophone population exceeds 5,000 or 10 percent of the community's total population. There are 25 areas of the province so designated. The office also has a role in the governance of Ontario's francophone public television network, TFO, as well as francophone school boards and other government offices, and acts as a liaison office between the government and other francophone cultural agencies and social services.

The current Minister of Francophone Affairs is Caroline Mulroney.



  1. ^ "Franco-Ontarian history". Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  2. ^ "En francais, s'il vous plait". Windsor Star, October 27, 1989.
  3. ^ "Languages of the law". The Globe and Mail, May 16, 1986.
  4. ^ "Francophones forced to re-defend their rights". Timmins Daily Press, November 24, 2018.
  5. ^ "Reaction mixed to Ontario Liberals creating francophone affairs ministry". CBC News Ottawa, August 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "Francophones aren't 'just another community'". Montreal Gazette, November 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Doug Ford backtracks after days of backlash over cuts to francophone institutions". The Globe and Mail, November 23, 2018.

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