Overview

The Ontario and Québec government are each investing $250,000 in 2022-2023 under the Cooperation and Exchange Agreement between the government of Québec and the government of Ontario with respect to the Francophonie to support projects developed jointly by Francophone organizations in Ontario and Québec which aim to:

  • encourage the development of Francophone culture
  • leverage Francophone economic opportunities
  • enhance a mutual understanding between the two provinces

Description

Under the agreement, Ontario’s Ministry of Francophone Affairs and the Secrétariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes are funding projects developed and carried out jointly by Francophone organizations in Ontario and in Québec. Each project must be submitted by an applicant from one province and a co-applicant from the other province.

For 2022-2023, Ontario and Québec are each investing $250,000 in support of eligible projects. The maximum grant limit per project is $40,000.

While projects from all sectors are eligible, priority will be given to projects from the economic development, culture, education and tourism sectors.

Application period and deadlines

The application period for 2022-2023 closed on March 2, 2022.

Applicants of selected projects will receive confirmation of funding for their project in the spring of 2022.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants or co-applicants from Ontario must be registered Francophone organizations with head offices in Ontario.

Applicants may submit a proposal if they live in Ontario and represent (including but not limited to):

  • a non-profit organization
  • a business
  • a school
  • a municipality

For more details on eligibility, please consult the Programme d’appui à la francophonie canadienne’s framework (in French only).

Your proposal is eligible if:

  • it is submitted in partnership with an organization in Québec
  • it promotes the French language and the vitality of the Francophone community in Ontario and Québec

The following applicants are not eligible to receive funding under this program:

  • individuals
  • ministries and agencies of the Government of Ontario or other governments in Canada
  • companies listed in the Government of Canada’s Register of Enterprises Not Eligible for Public Contracts (RENA)
  • authorized or registered political parties or bodies recognized by the electoral authorities
  • political education organizations
  • applicants who have not complied with Ontario’s or the Secrétariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes’ accountability requirements for any previous project

In addition, any project funded under this program cannot be funded by the Ministry of Francophone Affairs’ Francophone Community Grants Program or by other funding programs offered by the Secrétariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes.

All projects submitted must take into consideration the special circumstances created by the pandemic, including interprovincial travel guidelines and provincial health safety measures.

Program guidelines

All necessary information is available on the Government of Québec website (in French only), including guidelines, technical FAQ and other reference materials.

Applicant organizations will need to be registered on the partner registry (in French only) to access the application forms for the program and to submit their application and required documents.

Visit the FAQ section page (in French only) on the Québec government website for more information on the application process.

Projects from organizations in Ontario and Québec will be analyzed by a bilateral Ontario-Québec selection committee made up of representatives of Ontario’s Ministry of Francophone Affairs and the Secrétariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes, who will also seek the advice of the Bureau du Québec à Toronto. Some applications may be submitted to the relevant sectoral ministries for advice.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this program, please contact the Ministry of Francophone Affairs at OFA@ontario.ca.

Québec organizations may contact the Secrétariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes at sqrc.francophonie@mce.gouv.qc.ca.