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Conference ministrielle sur la francophonie canadienne / Ministrel Conference on the Canadian Francophonie
The next Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie
will be held on June 27 and 28, 2019 in Iqaluit, Nunavut Territory
Background

On June 14, 1991, the first meeting of provincial and territorial officials responsible for francophone issues was held in Ottawa. These officials, of course, had previous contact with each other but always on an individual basis.

The first meeting, and those that followed, resulted in some highly worthwhile exchanges. Initially, the participants shared information about situations involving the official languages, French-language services, and various ways of meeting the needs of the francophone and Acadian communities. Each was able to draw ideas to use in their work back at home.

The provincial and territorial official gradually adopted a common stand on the administrative aspects of the federal-provincial-territorial agreements on the promotion of official languages.  Other issues addressed during these meetings presented new areas of interest and opportunities for intergovernmental cooperation: translation services, the Internet, the need for bilingual professionals in the health field, etc.

The officials realized that various issues required consideration at the ministerial level. They felt that it would be easier to initiate and pursue concrete initiatives if the elected officials from the various governments were to come out in favour of certain objectives.

The Officials Responsible for Francophone Affairs (ORFA) thus sought an opportunity to hold a first meeting of ministers. New Brunswick offered to hold the minister' meeting in Moncton during the first World AcadianCongress, which resulted in the first Ministerial Conference on Francophone Affairs was held in August 1994.

Chronology of Membership

  • Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and Yukon have been participating since the first meeting of senior officials in June 1991.
  • Canadian Heritage was invited to join the group in the fall of 1991 and has been participating ever since.
  • Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador have belonged to the group since November 1996.
  • Québec has participated in several ORFA meetings since May 1992 and has been a full-fledged member since 2003.
  • British Columbia and Nunavut have been part of the ORFA network since 2000.

 

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publications
Canadian Francophonie Issues, Challenges and Future Directions

Newsletters
Newsletter of the Conference - Edition of July 2018

News Releases
2018 - Whitehorse (Yukon)
KEEPING IN TOUCH: GOVERNMENTS CONTINUE TO WORK IN PARTNERSHIP TO IMPROVE FRENCH-LANGUAGE SERVICES ACROSS THE COUNTRY
ministers
British Columbia
Hon. Adrian Dix

Minister of Health, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs

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Northwest Territories
Hon. Caroline Cochrane

Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Minister responsible for the Status of Women

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Ontario
Hon. Caroline Mulroney

Minister of Francophone Affairs
Attorney General

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Newfoundland and Labrador
Hon. Chris Mitchelmore

Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

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Prince Edward Island
Hon. Dennis King

Premier of Prince Edward Island, Minister Responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister Responsible for Acadian and Francophone Affairs

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Yukon
Hon. John Streicker

Minister of Community Services, Minister responsible for French Language

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Canada
Hon. Mélanie Joly

Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie

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Saskatchewan
Hon. Nadine Wilson

Provincial Secretary

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New Brunswick
Hon. Robert Gauvin

Deputy Premier, Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, Minister responsible for La Francophonie

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Manitoba
Hon. Rochelle Squires

Minister of Sustainable Development, Minister responsible for Francophone

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Nova Scotia
Lena Metledge Diab

Minister of Immigration, Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie

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Nunavut
L’honorable David Joanasie

Minister of Education, Minister of Culture and Heritage

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Quebec
Sonia LeBel

Member for Champlain, Coalition avenir Québec, Minister of Justice, Minister responsible for Canadian Relations and the Canadian Francophonie, Minister responsible for the Status of Women

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