The francophone community in Red Lake will see a federal investment of $50,000. It was announced by Kenora MP Bob Nault, and the funding will go towards helping the Red Lake Francophone Association attract new members to the community.

“Today’s announcement will not only work to strengthen the francophone community in Red Lake, but it also adds an interesting and dynamic quality to the community by promoting the economic benefits of linguistic duality,” stated Nault. “This investment also helps to capitalize on opportunities that available through the use of both official languages.”

The goal of the project is to promote the local francophone community, and the many events, activities and services its members offer, as well as raise awareness of the social and economic benefits of linguistic duality.

“The Red Lake Francophone Association thanks the Government of Canada, through FedNor, for its support of this priority project,” said Sophie Castonguay, President of the Red Lake Francophone Association.

“This investment will help us create opportunities for francophones and francophiles to interact with one another, to explore partnership opportunities that would lead to new economic development initiatives, as well as strengthen Red Lake's cultural and economic vitality,” Castonguay added.

The Municipality of Red Lake, along with local businesses, have already identified opportunities to encourage more francophone families to relocate to the Red Lake area, which is expected to spur new economic developments.

“The Red Lake Francophone Association works very diligently within the community to ensure that francophone culture remains vibrant and included within the larger context of the region,” concluded Nault. “This investment will help them further explore ways to increase French-language services and bilingualism in Red Lake.”

Nault made the announcement on behalf of Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minster responsible for FedNor. The funding is provided through FedNor’s Economic Development Initiative for Official Language Minority Communities.

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