HAMMOND, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 26, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing $59,000 to the Union des cultivateurs franco-ontariens (UCFO) to support a research project on Franco-Ontarian rural and agricultural human heritage. The project will document and highlight the contribution of people who were involved in developing the rural and agricultural heritage of Ontario's Francophone community.

The announcement was made today by Pierre Lemieux, Member of Parliament (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • UCFO, founded in 1929, works to promote the heritage and socio-economic interest of Franco-Ontarian farmers.
  • The organization will carry out this project in collaboration with the University of Guelph's Alfred Campus and the Réseau du patrimoine franco-ontarien.


"Our Government is proud to contribute to the success of Ontario's Francophone communities. By investing in Canada's official languages, an integral part of our history and identity as a country, our Government is enriching the quality of life of all Canadians."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"Today's announcement clearly shows our commitment to supporting organizations that contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of their community. UCFO plays an essential role in the vitality and development of French-speaking rural and agricultural communities across Ontario."

-Pierre Lemieux, Member of Parliament (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell)

"We sincerely thank Canadian Heritage for their contribution and the assistance they provide in highlighting the immense contribution of our Francophone agricultural community builders. Our human heritage is priceless and it must absolutely be acknowledged."

-Simon Durand, Executive Director, UCFO

Associated Links

Union des cultivateurs franco-ontariens (French only)

Université de Guelph - Campus d'Alfred (French only)

Réseau du patrimoine franco-ontarien

Development of Official-Language Communities Program

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Contact Information:

Marisa Monnin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages

Jillian Lum
Manager of Regional Communications
Ontario Region
Canadian Heritage

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