Request services in French


Why take part in this project?

Taking part in this project will give students the opportunity to experience an authentic cultural awakening that will create connections, and make them aware of the fact that they are entitled to expect to be served in French.

Not only will this experience be linked to the curriculum, but it will enhance the visibility of French while expanding the Francophone space simultaneously. Once a school has registered online, it will receive a kit with information about the process and links with the curriculum.

The campaign is funded by Canadian Heritage and endorses the wish on the part of Canadians to have the 150th anniversary celebrations highlight both of the country’s official languages.

The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) is pleased to team up with the Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la région de la capitale nationale (RGA), community development organizations, such as the Associations canadiennes-françaises de l’Ontario (ACFO), and Élargir l’espace francophone for a unifying project aimed at deploying a provincial campaign to promote French-language services: the Provincial Campaign to Encourage the Use of French-Language Services.

As part of this project, AFO and the others have set themselves two strategic objectives, which are:

to encourage the public to request to be served in French; and
to encourage businesses and organizations to offer services in both official languages.

In order to stimulate active demand and foster local community development, AFO has created an activity specifically designed for schools. The activity we are proposing is a tangible initiative aimed to strengthen the Francophone reflex among youth while focusing public attention on the presence of French in our culture.

Bonjour/Welcome will give students in grades 3 to 8 the opportunity to take part in a survey of private-sector businesses in their community whereby they will identify and become aware of which ones can serve them in French. This is not meant to be a confrontational undertaking.

This initiative, which involves the school boards, will give students a chance to become involved in an action research process that will encourage them to request services in French from a number of businesses.