Following the renewal of the Bilingual Ottawa micro-grants program by Canadian Heritage, ACFO Ottawa has recently funded 38 new projects for a total amount of $ 480,000.
Bilingual Ottawa’s goal is to strengthen the bilingual character of Ottawa, promote the Francophonie and enhance the collective interests of the Francophone community throughout the City of Ottawa by investing in concrete projects, by and for the community. The funded projects are carried out across the city and target the Ottawa population in all its diversity.
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Bilingual Ottawa program funded projects in 2022 (Round 4)
Activation Projects Round 4
July 2022 to January 2023
French Support Course for Parents (How to support your child’s French learning)
The French Support Course for Parents provides participants with the tools and knowledge that they need to feel included in their child’s first few years of French learning, regardless of any lack of confidence or prior French knowledge. With Ottawa being such a bilingual city, there are many families that are made up of one English-speaking parent and one French-speaking and/or bilingual parent. This will in turn unify families made up of different language speakers.
This project will allow us to enhance the environmental element, but also to be more inclusive in all areas of our activities promoting bilingualism in Ottawa since 1905. The project is organized around the revitalization of our green space by creating a traditional medicinal garden in partnership with the Odawa Native Friendship Centre, with activities for young children to be organized around this medicinal garden. We will also promote sustainable modes of transportation through a bilingual workshop organized with Envirocentre, and welcome a civic service volunteer in October 2022, whose mission will be to promote eco-responsibility and the French language in all our daily activities (administration, teaching, evaluation, communication…) and through the organization of monthly cultural events.
Living Room Vibrations
Living Room Vibrations: This first is a series of house concerts in the Ottawa area seeking to democratize music and rekindle an appetite for music of all kinds. The company wants to organize a series of 16 house concerts over 8 months in various Ottawa residents’ living rooms. These shows will bring together different audiences and allow them to discover music from here and elsewhere. In a spirit of inclusion, the project will pay special attention to immigrant communities in order to introduce them to the existing arts scene. In short, this project that will allow the artistic and community vitality to be seen and appreciated. From Kanata to Orleans, living rooms will come alive.
Documenting the Undocumented / Documenter Les Sans Papiers
For this project, G101 will be partnering with community organizers Sinda Garziz and Andi Vicente to present “Documenting the Undocumented,” summer 2022. The Human Library will feature activists and people with life experience sharing their stories one-on-one with the festival attendees, as well as tables for grassroots organizations to share information on their related projects. Finally, this project will be documented in a bilingual zine format that will be accessible for free on our website: DocumentingTheUndocumented.com, to continue raising awareness and supporting advocacy for those with precarious immigration status.
“A Colourful Holiday Season at the Carré de la francophonie in Vanier”
The event “A Colourful Holiday Season at the Carré de la francophonie de Vanier” will continue bringing life, colour and joy, in French to the Carré de la francophonie. The project consists of illuminating the Carré de la francophonie in Vanier for the 2022 holiday season. White and green Franco-Ontarian colours will be used to decorate the Carré de la francophonie. The illumination of the Carré will remain in place until after the New Year.
Let’s Innovate Housing!
The project will bring together stakeholders dealing with alternative housing to build bridges between organizations that are working in innovative ways for a better affordable and healthy living environment for all communities, such as Francophones, FNMI and low-income people. This project will raise awareness of the alternative housing community and increase the availability of training in both languages, while strengthening the links between English and French-speaking stakeholders in Ottawa.
Introduction to Brain Injury for Healthcare and Health Service Workers
Introduction to Brain Injury is a course designed for Canadian healthcare professionals or service providers who work with survivors of brain injury. This course provides an overview of the stages of brain injury from acquisition to diagnosis to recovery and provides a comprehensive set of modules on providing support to individuals with brain injury in care settings. Presently, this course material is only available in unilingual English, limiting our ability to reach our local bilingual community. We will ensure that all material is made available in both official languages to maximize the impact of our course and achieve our targeted outcomes. In addition to the course material, Brain Injury Canada will also create outreach and promotional information to support the adoption of this course within a variety of healthcare settings.
French Tools to Work with the Ottawa Police Service
Our project aims to create French language resources, facilitate the work of Francophone workers and improve access to French-language services for Francophone women who have been victims of sexual assault. In partnership with the OPS, we want to develop and implement some tools to improve the active offer of French-language services to victims. We also want to find creative ways to highlight the importance of the active offer of services in French and also to raise awareness of the CALACS francophone d’Ottawa, which is the designated agency to serve Francophone women.
La Popotte Roulante
The project aims to hold information sessions on how to shop for groceries and cook on a budget. Community cooking workshops will be offered to equip newly arrived Francophone families with the tools to budget wisely and know which foods to buy in which season, while sharing budget-friendly recipes. At the end of each session, participants will be able to go home with a portion of the dish prepared by our facilitators, along with recipes.
Highlighting Vanier’s Humble Heritage
Our project aims to travel the streets of our neighbourhood to take pictures of houses and architectural details that characterize Vanier, as well as elements of popular art that can be found here and there on the grounds of private residences. Following this collection, we will analyze and sort the images in order to produce a digital document (video or other) as well as a set of images on a rigid support for travelling exhibitions.
Working Sessions - Ottawa Bilingual Business Ecosystem
Our project is a series of four consultation seminars in hybrid mode to bring together different stakeholders and players from the two official linguistic communities of the region to explore innovative solutions by pushing an ideation and modelling approach based on the Design Thinking method.
Les Dix Chapeaux du Bédéiste | The 10 Hats of Cartoonists
Developing pedagogical tools for the transmission of arts and culture. The project aims to create resources in ten video sections on comics creation among young people. The video program is intended to expose students to comics, explain the process and provide exercises. The project will be made available to select elementary students.
Discoverability Campaign for Les 10TRACTIONS
Following the success of the 10TRACTIONS collective, funded by the previous edition of Bilingual Ottawa Bilingue, Le Réveil is proud to announce that the 10 young founding personalities of the group have broken through the Francophone, Francophile and Anglophone industries in Ottawa. This project of discovering new francophone personalities will increase the place of the French language in the economic sector and provide more services offered by young professional leaders. It is an opportunity for this collective to proudly display their ability to work in both French and English in the Ottawa region.
Inspire - Ottawa’s Vibrant Afro-descendant Culture
The project consists of implementing of a cultural day camp to teach young people the artistic practices and cultural heritage of Africans and Afro-descendants. The art camp will consist of creative, stimulating and entertaining workshops during which multidisciplinary artistic programming will be offered in the literary, visual and performing arts.
NSWF Kiosk and Website Translation to French
The NSWF Wall of honoured athletes, teams, builders and media has been in existence since 1985. We will better serve those website visitors and also large numbers who daily visit the Nepean Sportsplex and see the Wall and interact with the digital kiosk. A bilingual kiosk database, with access to all able and disabled persons, young and old. In addition, the kiosk and website will be in conformance with the City of Ottawa’s mandate to deliver bilingual services. Thousands who visit Sportsplex Year round on a monthly basis, come from not only Nepean but from Greater Ottawa, the NCC and from other parts of Canada, all with Francophone communities.
Building Meaningful Intercultural Bridges
We will create a total of 3 videos targeting 3 main topics in which distinguished student volunteers or members of the Board of Directors will share their experiences and stories as well as how they overcome those challenges to become who they are today. In addition, these videos will serve as resources for non-profit organizations that serve international students as well as the International Offices of the five post-secondary education institutions in Ottawa.
Projet Cinepoetry Project
The films will focus on amplifying francophone artists and language, and provide an opportunity for the Council to build stronger relationships with French-speaking arts training programs and youth. We anticipate following the proposed schedule: The Council will engage in community outreach to pair artists and students for one day. Students will meet artists and learn about their work, talk about working with film, and determine how their artistic discipline will be conveyed through film; discuss images and storyboarding. The project will culminate in a bilingual screening that will be open to ACFO stakeholders and the public, in mid-November 2022.
La Francophonie au Championnat / Francophonie at the Championship
For the first time in franchise history, the BlackJacks will be hosting the 2022 CEBL Championship Weekend (CW). The celebration of basketball, music, and local culture will feature concerts, street festivals, the CEBL Awards Gala, and several legacy projects at Lansdowne Park. As part of the CW celebrations, the BlackJacks would like to launch “Francophonie at the Championship”, a series of initiatives to highlight and showcase Ottawa’s francophone community.
Francophone Young Entrepreneur Sales Pitch & Networking Event and Inspirational Career Panel
The project will increase the place of the francophone community in the economic sector by inspiring hundreds of francophone youth through skills development and connections to inspirational role models from the francophone business community. We will plan, promote and deliver two virtual French-speaking events that inspire and prepare francophone youth in the areas of entrepreneurship and career exploration. Our events will reach a broad range of francophones and francophiles across Ottawa
Bilingual Historical Capsules From Société franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de l’histoire d’Orléans SFOPHO
The “Bilingual historical capsules from Société franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de l’histoire d’Orléans” project will consist of translating some 60 historical chronicles written in French about public spaces, parks, halls, etc. located in Orléans in order to produce a bilingual document of 100 pages or so. These historical capsules produced by SFOPHO over the past few years, in French only, are intended to inform French and English readers about the Orléans community and the reason for the origin of the names of various public roads, parks, etc.
Maa ndayamin geyaaba - We Are Still Here
The creation of an unpublished work by a young queer Anishinaabemowin author from the Dokis Nation on the Robinson-Huron and Robinson-Superior Treaty Territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek Nation, also called Sudbury. Connor Nimkiins Lafortune writes in English, Anishinaabemowin and French. The use of language in his writing is a symbol of his intersectional identities. We don’t often hear about Franco-Indigenous people despite their presence on the land and in history. Connor’s text is an adaptation of Gord Downie’s story “Secret Path”. The story will be told with monologues and narration alternating throughout the play. The monologues and narrated pieces will begin at opposite ends of the story.
Propulsion Projects Round 4
July 2022 to March 2023
Entrepreneurial Mentoring for Francophone Organizations in Ottawa
The Entrepreneurial Mentoring for Francophone Organizations in Ottawa project aims to give Francophone non-profit organizations in the Ottawa region the tools to develop entrepreneurial practices for self-generated revenue diversification. Through a series of 8 sessions, AFO will provide training and mentoring to the 30 participating organizations using the successful Learning Community formula. Once completed, the resources will be made available to all Francophone organizations in Ottawa and beyond.
Legal Information Workshops: My Rights in Both Languages
AJEFO will adapt and deliver six French-language housing law information workshops that would otherwise be offered only in English to community organizations in Ottawa. ACTO will work with its partner Connexion Ottawa to adapt workshops that have been delivered in English in the past, as well as create a new workshop in both official languages. These workshops will be delivered to front-line workers in Ottawa community agencies and other community agencies working with vulnerable communities such as newcomers, seniors and racialized communities.
Driving Social Change in Ottawa
The project consists of a series of events and activities that will increase the impact of collective projects in Ottawa. The events will build bridges between the Francophone and Anglophone communities, while stimulating the exchange of services and know-how between project leaders, social organizations, professors and students who will collaborate on the implementation of projects with high social impact.
Virtual French Story and Learning Time
Offering French family-oriented literacy resources for English-speaking families and concrete activities to early childhood program planners, providing bilingual and French language learning opportunities to youth aged 2 to 5 years old, as part of their transition to school. Introduce French in a positive and non-threatening way for English-speaking families and as a part of the integration for Canadians who have recently moved to Ottawa. Provide simple French literacy focused resources (via free downloads) and virtual storytelling featuring authors and readers with a variety of Francophone accents creating a lifelong love of reading, in French, from a very early age.
Production of three multicultural dinner shows/lectures as part of the new Rendez-vous artistique series at Centre Pauline-Charron
The project is a second phase of the Festival de la Francophonie held in March 2022. This project aims to celebrate diversity within the Francophone community. The project consists of offering three dinner shows/lectures of a multicultural nature including an art exhibit and craft sale related to the respective themes, between October 2022 and January 2023. This new initiative aims to welcome approximately 100 people per activity, recruit new members and develop new partnerships while ensuring Francophone vitality both at the Centre and in the community.
French Workshops on Bereavement, Advance Care Planning and Conversations with Caregivers
Compassion Ottawa will expand its Francophone programming by offering three types of workshops in 2022-23, the first will be “Grief and Bereavement”, followed by “Advance Care Planning” and ending with “Conversations with Family and Caregivers”. These workshops were available in English and will, through this project, be offered in French to the community, specifically targeting Francophone newcomers, parishes, and seniors’ homes. A total of 16 workshops will be offered to at least 320 people, thanks to the collaboration of 8 volunteer trainers.
Growing Ottawa’s Francophone Sustainability Conversation
The project aims to build upon our work to expand the environmental and sustainability programs and services available to Francophone communities in Ottawa. With the funds, EnviroCentre will translate and launch a mini sustainability series (green home/green transportation/green future) to engage more Francophone residents, businesses, and community groups to participate in local climate action and build our green future - together. Our vision is to bridge the gap between English and French-speaking organizations to unify climate action locally.
House of PainT Francophone Relations Development Strategy 2022
This project will connect Anglophone and Francophone hip hop artists with each other and audiences, and encourage Francophone and bilingual people in our community to celebrate arts and culture in both languages. This will be done by presenting Francophone musicians on the same stage with Anglophone and other language musicians and by ensuring accessibility for French-speaking artists and community members to connect with HoP in their preferred language.
Participatory and Narrative Photography for Marginalized Youth
The language of images through photography will aim to give voice to youth in Black communities through the Youth Perspective participatory and narrative photography project. Our project uses photography as a visual and written storytelling tool for youth to tell their dreams and realities through the power of images.
Awesome Arts en folie
Awesome Arts en folie offers an exciting series of workshops for different age groups that culminate in a public celebration. Participants express themselves via various art forms such as slam poetry, animation, music, theatre and video, all the while exploring issues important to them and their community. The Awesome Arts en folie festival brings the community together for an evening of celebration during which the participants share their creations. The Festival also features professional artists, inspiring the entire community to remain connected with the arts and the issues.
A Bilingual ONFE: Planting the Seeds of Knowledge, Mentorship, and Economic Impact in Francophone Youth
JA Ottawa is building the next generation of Francophone entrepreneurs and community leaders through our JA Company mentorship program. With the help of volunteer mentors and teachers, students will create, manage, and liquidate a business in 16–18 weeks. Their entrepreneurial journey includes actual sales to customers and a final business presentation to community guests and business leaders.
Demystifying Indigenous Culture in Ottawa
Our project aims to introduce immigrants to Indigenous culture and to portray the contribution of the Indigenous community in an original way, notably through art. We plan to hold 3 workshops, two of which will be virtual. The three meetings will be based on discovering Indigenous culture, networking between communities and inviting newcomers and racialized people to take part in an Indigenous art workshop.
Discover Little Italy, Découvrez la Petite-Italie
Discover Little Italy, Découvrez la Petite-Italie is a project aimed at broadening the scope of community access to the small businesses in Ottawa’s Little Italy. This campaign aims to build the bridge between the over 250 shops, services and restaurants in Ottawa’s Little Italy and the Francophone community, ensuring bilingual access is available to new residents and to Ottawa as a whole.
French-Language Deployment of the Successful SMART Recovery Model in Ontario
CAP has translated and adapted the successful SMART Recovery model into French to ensure easy access to SMART Recovery support groups in French for people suffering from addictions who wish to recover. The project will bridge the gap between the (English-speaking) SMART Recovery community and the (French-speaking) Rétablissement SMART community by offering certification training for facilitators and orientation training for students and professionals via a new e-learning platform.
Franco-Ottawa Heritage in Three Archival showcases
Building on the success of the Franco-Ontarian comic strip, this project will create three showcases of Franco-Ontarian heritage for inclusion in a Franco-Ontarian cultural archive. We propose to create three types of digital resources: an in-person filmed tour; an intergenerational dialogue between a young Franco-Ontarian and an older Franco-Ontarian who has made a significant contribution to Franco-Ontarian heritage; and a filmed intercultural panel between 1st or 2nd generation Franco-Ontarians and Franco-Ottawa residents whose ancestors have been here for several generations.
Summer Camp - Wacky Summer and Around the World
The purpose of the summer camps is to provide day camps for French-speaking youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders aged 5 to 16 every day during the months of July and August and to provide a training and internship space for University of Ottawa speech-language pathology students.
Circles of Story Culture Youth and Children’s Programs Ottawa StoryTellers
This project will add three new services and one new component to current OST programs. First hire a Francophone bilingual staff person to organize a pilot Francophone storytelling workshop for youth and children September-November 2022 and second version January-March 2023. Also, to ensure French marketing and community bridge building between the Francophone and Anglophone communities, to increase accessibility for Francophone youth with limited or no hearing by adding closed captioning in French for the Storytelling Festival.
ACFO Ottawa is supported by an oversight committee regrouping francophone leaders in different sectors and identity groups.
- Education: CEPEO and CECCE
- Economy: RGA
- Municipal Government: City of Ottawa, French Language Services Branch
- Arts and Tourism: Réseau Ontario
- Medias : Unique FM
- Youth : FESFO
- People with disabilities and Seniors: RAFO and Phénix
- 2SLGBTQ+ : Réseau Fierté des Aîné(e)s
- Newcomers: CÉSOC and RSIFEO
- FNMI et Postsecondary Students: University of Ottawa - Indigenous Ressource Centre
- Racialized Communities: Coalition des noirs francophones de l'Ontario
The jury is different for both types of projects. Evaluations will be completed within a 6-week period.
A neutral external jury will proceed with the evaluation of proposals.
The ACFO Ottawa will be the jury with the validation of the oversight committee.
The department of program evaluation of the Centre de leadership et d’évaluation (CLE) supports the ACFO Ottawa.
François Girard has been our expert translator for the program, offering a bilingual experience for the applicants.
The ACFO Ottawa wants to thank the government of Canada and Canadian Heritage for their financial support.