The 10th Ministerial Conference on Francophone Affairs saw provinces and territories maintaining their commitment towards the development of their respective francophone and Acadian communities, and improving French-language services.
The Conference changed its name to the Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie (MCCF). This new name emphasizes the evolution of the French fact in Canada, and reflects a more positive and inclusive reality. Provinces and territories nonetheless remain responsible and representative of francophone Affairs within their respective jurisdictions.
The mandate was reviewed in order to better reflect the Conference’s evolution, as well as to recognize the Government of Québec’s role and ensure its full participation as a full member of the Conference.
The Conference made the Federal co-chair official in the FTP section of the Conference. This made the participation and importance of the contribution of the Government of Canada in reaching the Conference’s objectives official. A co-chair role was given to the federal Minister responsible for Official Languages, which was to come into effect at the 2006 Conference.
A ministerial committee was given the mandate to identify all issues and challenges facing the Canadian Francophonie. This Committee was to work with Canadian national French-language organizations.
The federal government presented a mid-term report on the Official Languages Action Plan.