Four years ago, the Ontario government declared September 25 as Franco-Ontarian Day – a day to “officially recognize the contribution of Ontario’s Francophone community to the cultural, historical, social, economic and political life of the province.”
This contribution goes back more than 400 years! The French were the first to explore and establish settlements in Ontario. Read about the history of the French presence in Ontario.
You may wonder why September 25 was chosen. Well, it was on that day in the year 1975 that the Franco-Ontarian flag was raised for the first time! Read about the history of the Franco-Ontarian flag?
Learn more about the significance of this day.
Attention teachers! To kick off Franco-Ontarian Day celebrations, you could create a display area in your school and open the day with a bilingual morning announcement. To get started, download and print the poster shown below, which was created by our partners l’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario. There are two sizes available:
You can also order Franco-Ontarian flags from l’ACFO du grand Sudbury.