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 $ 485,000.
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.
Read the press release HERE
Bilingual Ottawa program funded projects in 2021 (Round 3)
Activation Projects Round 3
July 2021 to January 2022
Fun French Learning Portal for Young Children
123 Petits Pas aims to create an online learning portal where families with young children (ages 2-7yrs), daycare centres, home daycares, and preschools can login and access mini French lessons, French songs, and French games at any time that is convenient for them. The goal would be to allow children access to fun French learning opportunities even if our live online classes do not fit into their schedule.
Creation of a platform to promote community and educational services for the English and French ethnocultural populations of the City of Ottawa
The project is to gather all the educational and community resources that can facilitate the integration of the Afro-descendant community immigrating to the Ottawa region under one bilingual digital platform. The sub-goal is to connect this community with the various existing networks that can facilitate their professional and social development.
Bilingual Journalist Training Program
Apartment613 (Apt613) will invite cultural workers, creatives and journalism students to apply for a residency and exchange program with Apt613 and Le Pressoir. The objective is to provide second language training, work experience, and networking for anglophone, francophile, and francophone participants to become bilingual contributors to local community media. Our program is a 3-month paid internship opportunity.
Social Innovation Ottawa
The project will bring together key players in social innovation and entrepreneurship in Ottawa to offer a fully bilingual joint fall program, simultaneously interpreted in French/English and Quebec and American Sign Language. This project will raise awareness of the social innovation community and increase the supply of entrepreneurial training available in both languages, while strengthening the ties between English and French social innovation players in Ottawa.
Sustainably Growing Up Organic
The purpose of Sustainably Growing Up Organic is, as the name suggests, to sustainably grow our not-for-profit in a way that responds to the needs of the organisation's goals and the teacher-student community we serve. Specifically, we will update all of the provincial curriculum links of our workshops, create new resources in partnership with relevant local environmental education organizations, format and adapt all of our workshops, and translate all resources in French and English.
Cultural Placemaking in Vanier – Transforming a parking lot into an active space through Art
Centre des services communautaires Vanier (CSCV) is partnering with the ZAC Vanier BIA to transform an empty parking lot into an active, vibrant space for celebration of our cultures and lifestyles. Throughout the summer this space will offer community programming and place making activities focusing on bilingualism, culture and arts.
Webinaires pour les personnes âgées
In 2020 we ran a successful webinar program for seniors in English and we want to expand this to the francophone community. These webinars will include regular social and educational events such as fraud prevention. The goal will be to reduce social isolation for francophone seniors.
House of PainT Festival 2021
We are presenting a deconstructed festival, with programming primarily taking place from July-August, via a hybrid delivery of outdoor mural and visual art installations, virtual online events like a poetry slam and a short film screening, concerts to be broadcast on the radio, and individual activity kits for families to "HoP at Home". Our objective in 2021 is to deliver dynamic, accessible programming in French and English that connects artists with community while prioritizing safety.
RAF Talk - the bridge to immersion
This project of virtual meetings between young women and bilingual professional women of Ottawa on the following 4 new themes: ISMS (racism, feminism, etc.), SELF-ESTEEM, FINANCIAL LITERACY and VISION BOARDS. Aiming to reach young girls in immersion schools and public school boards (two clienteles that have not yet been reached), these sessions seek to create a sense of community and grow leadership from radicalized communities, especially from young women.
Bastion.Réveil - A fortress to gather our influencers
Le Réveil will unite bilingual influencers under a collective account on TikTok. The goal will be to leverage the popularity of our English content creators’ personal pages to promote an account that will provide a space for exchanges, celebrations and connections in French. This account will broaden the francophone presence on TikTok and will focus on collaboration between linguistic groups.
The Last Stable in Lowertown - Cundell Stables
Cundell Stables, 113 York Street, is the last horse stables in Lowertown and teeters on the verge of extinction. Marc Aubin is researching and writing a Cundell family history in the context of Lowertown. Artist Karen Bailey is documenting the working life at Cundell Stables in paintings. Their collaborative work - a bilingual book/catalogue featuring the written history and reproductions of all images - will be launched at an exhibition of the paintings in 2022.
Discover, Inspire - African-Canadian Visual Arts in Ottawa
Bringing people together. Inspiring them. The goal of this project is to bring together Ottawa visual artists (Francophone and Anglophone) from Canada’s communities of African descent with the Franco-Ontarian public. The general public will have the opportunity to discover these artists, their works, and the plural creativity that expresses Ottawa’s artistic diversity. Dynamic artist portraits and interviews with the artists will be recorded and broadcast on Facebook and YouTube from July to December 2021.
Another Voice/Une Autre Voix
Our project will build bridges between francophones and anglophones in Old Ottawa East through our community newspaper, The Mainstreeter. The project’s main activity is hiring a francophone reporter to cover news and events about francophone youth and students, with a focus on the arts. The goals are to boost reporting in French in The Mainstreeter, and to inform all readers about the vibrancy of our francophone community, thereby creating ties between our francophone and anglophone residents.
OCOBIA: une communauté bilingue
The objective of this project is to create a bilingual business community in Ottawa; building a french content experience online and creating a bilingual skill set in BIA leadership. The activities include : Website updated to french; including a french learning portal , education and learning french for BIA professionals, written communications training, promotional videos in english and french to invite local francophone and french visitors to our business areas, social media content promotion.
The Ottawa BlackJacks Winter Challenge
The goal of the Ottawa BlackJacks Winter Challenge is to encourage Ottawa’s francophone and anglophone elementary school classes to stay active and build a sense of belonging towards their local pro team. The project will create a virtual platform to keep track of each classes’ minutes of physical activity; reward participating classes with exclusive prizes
when they reach their physical activity objectives; and provide classes with physical activity ideas taught by BlackJacks coaches and community ambassadors.
Projet Futurs Florissants: Expanding our Reach
We want to build bridges using art as a tool and social justice as a theme. This helps expand our reach so that French-speaking youth can participate by shaping our program, as well as contributing to the creation of a shared community space (through a mural painting at the Parkdale Food Centre) with the guidance of a Francophone artist. We are seeking funds to help finance these projects and provide youth honorarium for their input.
Social Media Content creation and business assistance program
In 2021, through a Digital Mainstreet grant, ZAC Vanier BIA created social media content profiling our businesses, allowing us to grow our online community substantially and keep our members relevant during COVID. This grant would allow us to create online content specifically for our thriving francophone community, helping attract more diverse clientele. This program will help our businesses target francophone clients through social media, and improve their online profiles to include bilingual services and content.
Mon peuple, mon pays / My People, My Country
Mon peuple, mon pays / My People, My Country consists of six bilingual educational podcasts that tell the story of the contributions of Black Canadians who have made an impact in the nation’s capital. The podcasts are targeted to Ottawa school children and will be accompanied by educational tools to support youth in their learning and impact on the Francophone and Anglophone heritage of our capital and our country.
Télé Art House
Télé Art House is a series of digital concerts and showcases highlighting the work of local Francophone creatives. This pilot series of six monthly episodes features artists ranging from musicians to visual artists to burlesque performers. It will shine a spotlight on the breadth of diverse talent the city has to offer. It will create paying work for artists, while providing them with material that will support their future pursuits.
Rougeneck (film and tv project)
ROUGENECK is a narrative film/tv project which unites french/english, old/young, into a hilarious comedy. A young Vanier anglophone is unwittingly and thankfully adopted by les voisins, two loudmouth seniors Edith and Antoine Rioux. My bilingual team will create a teaser proving the project's obvious marketability.
Propulsion Projects Round 3
July 2021 to March 2022
École de la forêt et de la nature d’Ottawa
Andrew Fleck Children's Services (AFCS) is partnering with the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) to duplicate the existing AFCS Ottawa Forest and Nature School outdoor early learning program, currently offered in EN, to provide a transformational learning opportunity for Francophone children to grow in their knowledge and love for the environment, and to learn through inspired, open-ended play in nearby natural spaces.
Promenade Bank: Phase 3 - Continuing Bilinguialization Efforts
Bank Street BIA wishes to create communications strategies that will increase the visibility of the French language on its platforms while upholding its commitment to systematically translate all internal tools and communication. Part of this grant will also be made available to businesses who wish to develop bilingual tools or adapt their existing tools to a French clientele as well as to create a mural that will celebrate the Franco-Ontarian community in the area.
A Fully Bilingual Virtual Pride for All: Increasing Linguistic Accessibility in Capital Pride's Summer Festival
As part of this year’s summer festival, Capital pride would like to provide live captioning for all its speaker events and programming in the other official language. This would allow francophones to take part in events in their original language, which would otherwise be held mostly in English. Specifically, CP/FdlC seeks to host a panel about the intersection of gender diversity and francophonie, highlighting the issues, challenges, and opportunities that non-binary and gender-diverse francophones may face.
Diversifying our audiences - Community-based programming
La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins acts as a specialized presenter by offering diversified and inclusive performing arts programming. They wish to offer performances with surtitles for every show in the 2021-2022 season. La Nouvelle Scène has developed the expertise and capacity to offer surtitles for our programming, but an investment is still required in order to translate, implement and offer this service to Ottawa’s diverse communities.
Le Show - Daily Drive Time program
A magazine format drive time radio show created for and by the french speaking BIPOC communities in Ottawa. The project will include creating a structure and run sheet for a daily French language drive time radio show, and then recruiting and training contributors in the delivery of a daily French language drive time radio show. This project will bring together a diverse group of Francophones in a bilingual environment, provide a safe space for discussion as well as training in all aspects of broadcasting.
Espace Jeunesse Vanier Youth Drop-in
Espace Jeunesse Vanier Youth Drop-in will allow young francophones and anglophones aged 13 to 17 to meet up during critical times in a positive, welcoming and bilingual environment where they can hang out and chat in both official languages. They can also access or get more information about community resources in both languages. Two bilingual workers will be on site every Friday in the CSC Vanier building to greet participants from 4 to 7 pm. Together, they’ll prepare and share a meal and do various activities. This will allow the youth to develop a sense of belonging to their community and learn more about a space where they can grow, meet and find help and resources if needed. Semi-directed activities such as group cooking, board games and other physical and creative activities will allow them to mingle between the two groups (francophones and anglophones) and create new friendships. This will allow many participants to be exposed to a language they don’t yet master and improve their comprehension and pronunciation.
The CPC’s new LET’S TALK DIVERSITY program features five online activities
As part of its new LET’S TALK DIVERSITY program, the CPC will hire a coordinator to oversee the development, organization and implementation of five online activities: 1) Let’s Talk About… Physical and Intellectual Abilities; 2) Let’s Talk About… Beliefs; 3) Let’s Talk About… Cultural Mosaic; 4) Let’s Talk About… Race and Ethnicity; and 5) Let’s Talk About… Gender and Sexual Orientation. Resources and a list of organizations related to the theme will be available on the CPC website.
Reaching out to the English-speaking, First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities in Western Ottawa
This project consists of establishing collaborations and referral partnerships for French-language services with at least 100 English, First Nations, Métis and Inuit organizations in West Ottawa to enable them to use Maison de la francophonie d’Ottawa to better serve their Francophone and Francophile clients. These organizations will become “Referral Partners” of the CMFO and will encourage Francophone and Francophile individuals to use the range of services offered by the CMFO.
Digi60 Filmmaker's Festival: Fall / Automne 2021
Digi60 presents its catch screening - a program of films created in 60 days, centring a specific theme or "catch", released to the filmmakers in October. The catch release will integrate bilingualism by presenting bilingually and with a French workshop. Digi60 will create a new screening program specifically for Francophone filmmakers - with priority to BIPOC - by offering five $2000 microgrants for new works by French filmmakers. Closing out the festival will be workshops, round tables, and presentations from industry professionals
Increasing bilingualism at EnviroCentre for a more sustainable Ottawa
EnviroCentre is applying for funds to increase the environmental programs, initiatives and services available to the francophone communities of Ottawa. With the funds, EnviroCentre will translate the website and materials of two key programs - Ottawa Green Business and My Green Lifestyle. The funds will also be used to develop partnerships with existing francophone organizations to cross promote and support each other as well as to hire a part-time French speaking communications assistant.
Franco in immersion
Festival Franco-Ontarien will produce a teacher’s guide specifically for Ottawa immersion schools. This guide will offer students a historical retrospective of the festival, an overview of Franco-Ontarian culture as well as the biography of several great Franco-Ontarian artists. In addition, Franco will present a virtual performance by an Ottawa artist to immersion schools. This performance will be followed by an online discussion in which students can ask the artist questions about his or her life and career.
Awesome Arts en folie
Held in partnership with community organizations, Awesome Arts en folie offers an exciting series of workshops for different age groups. 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 Festival brings the community together for an evening of celebration during which the participants share their creations.
The Sugar Shack Museum
The Museopark wishes to promote Francophone heritage and history by integrating a museum component into its new sugar shack. The inclusion of educational panels in a place that welcomes people from very diverse communities ensures the transmission of history and culture in a warm environment. This venue will be used to host language classes, integration activities and other inclusive programs such as French, English and First Nations concerts and performances.
Intensive training camp for voice, wind and strings
The OSJOF wants to join several partners, both English and French, in order to offer a training camp to symphony musicians. The OSJOF will then create a symphonic show integrating these young talents to its orchestra. This show will be offered to the population of Ottawa-Gatineau and the surrounding areas as a celebration for the Mois de la Francophonie.
ONFE Bilingual Expansion
ONFE will expand Francophone partnerships to engage more French speaking volunteers and educators, allowing more Francophone students to access ONFE programs.
Harmonious integration of Francophone and multilingual families
PPE, as the voice of all parents in the Francophone school communities, wants to bring together these two categories of immigrant parents. PPE then wishes to promote the creation of two twinning committees to facilitate the reception and integration of these immigrant parents within six schools of the two French school boards in Ottawa.
Patro d’Ottawa will invest in the purchase and implementation of the LÜ interactive game. It is a state-of-the-art audio-visual system designed for active environments. The LÜ system takes us into the next generation of creative learning where participants (young and old, with or without social integration challenges) will benefit from cognitive, physical and socio-emotional engagement.
Digital preservation of Vanier Historical Murals
In 1998, the Publi’Art Committee, supported by a large number of public and private donors, initiated more than 30 murals in the Vanier neighborhood. These murals were inspired by the history of the region and others imagined by the artists involved in the project. The murals are now owned by MuséoParc, and unfortunately have reached the conclusion of their lifespan and are slated for removal. This project seeks to document the 30 pieces through photography and publish material exploring their history and context.
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.