City of Welland raising the flag in celebration of Francophonie Day

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The City of Welland is preparing to commemorate International Francophonie Day on March 20, a day dedicated to celebrating the French language and Francophone culture worldwide.

Designated as a Francophone community under Ontario’s French Language Services Act, Welland is honouring its heritage with a ceremonial flag raising at City Hall at 9 a.m. An added display of the City’s commitment to recognizing its Francophone community is Bridge 13 being illuminated green and white.

“It’s a special point of pride to celebrate Francophonie Day in a city designated as one of Ontario’s Francophone communities. Throughout Welland’s history, this community has contributed to our growth and diversity. As the City continues to partner with French-speaking organizations, our French-speaking residents can look forward to resources being available in their official language.”

Mayor Frank Campion

With more than 15,000 French speakers residing in the Niagara Region, the majority of whom call Welland home, this community plays a pivotal role in preserving and promoting French language and culture. 

The City of Welland extends a warm invitation for all residents to join in celebrating its vibrant Francophone community and encourages everyone to learn more about the city’s thriving French culture. A French-language section on the City’s website provides a history of Welland’s Francophone culture.

Roda Muse, Deputy Minister of Francophone Affairs, conveyed her best wishes to the City of Welland as Council, staff, and residents celebrate Francophonie Day.

Lettre Welland_Journée internationale de la Francophonie 2024_signée.pdf

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