Welland raises Franco-Ontarian flag at City Hall today

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Published September 24, 2021 at 1:23 pm

The City of Welland has a population that is 11 per cent French speaking. As such, it is one of just 26 designated Francophone communities in the province.

To that end, Welland raised the Franco-Ontarian flag at City Hall this morning (September 24) at 11 am in anticipation of Franco-Ontarian Day tomorrow.

“It is the people who make up our community and what Welland embodies, and the Francophone community in Welland is a vital piece of who we are,” said Welland Mayor Frank Campion.

“I am proud to raise the Franco-Ontarian flag in recognition and support of our French-Canadian community here in Welland.”

Going onto Discover Welland ~ Decouvrir on the City’s website allows visitors a French-language section rich with information on the best places to see and visit in the City as well as highlight Welland’s attractions, history of Francophone culture, sister city Sorel-Tracy in Quebec, and relevant links to related news and resources.

Welland continues to strengthen partnerships with organizations such as Francophone Employment and Resource Centre (CERF-Niagara), Centre de Santé Communautaire, Foyer Richelieu Welland, l’Auberge Richelieu Welland, Collége Boréal, and Paroisse Sacré-Cœur.

“These organizations are vital in supporting Welland’s French-speaking families,” said the city in a release.

Minister of Francophone Affair, MPP Caroline Mulroney, also wrote a letter of support to Welland for advancing the Francophone community’s many contributions to the City and the province.

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