Francophone Affairs Secretariat and Bureau de l'éducation française
Government of Manitoba
On April 19, 2010, the Honourable Greg Selinger, Premier of Manitoba and Minister responsible for Francophone Affairs, along with the Honourable Madeleine Meilleur, Ontario Minister of Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, and Claudette Paquin, Chief Executive Officer of Ontario's French-Language Educational Communications Authority (TFO), officially launched TFO in Manitoba.
Manitoba television viewers now have access to TFO, as a free-of-charge channel on the digital basic cable service provided by MTS TV, Shaw Cable and Westman Communications and also as a specialty channel on Bell TV.
As a result, Francophones and Francophiles of Manitoba now enjoy a broader choice of French-language television and can see their own reality televised in high-quality programs produced locally for TFO.
In addition, the Government of Manitoba and TFO have entered into a partnership in order to make TFO's educational resources available in Manitoba schools and to encourage the local production of French-language television programs. To this end, the governments of Manitoba and Canada will invest $250,000 and $50,000 respectively over three years.
Through this partnership, Manitoba's school divisions will be able to avail themselves of online, multimedia French-language teaching resources developed by TFO. Teachers of French as either a first or second language will have access to more than 4,000 videos, 300 teaching guides and related websites.
The Government of Manitoba wishes to thank the Government of Ontario, TFO, the Government of Canada and private cable companies for their excellent cooperation in this initiative.