GNWT and Canada finalize multi-year funding agreement to support French Language Services

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Yellowknife — March 31, 2021

Today, the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment announces that the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) and the Government of Canada have finalized a funding agreement to support French language services and communications in the Northwest Territories (NWT) until 2023.

This agreement provides a multi-year collaborative framework to support the planning and delivery of quality French language communication and service, ensuring stability and continuity in the delivery of GNWT services in French to residents of the Northwest Territories.


“The GNWT is committed to working with all levels of government to improve language services for our residents. I am proud of our ongoing efforts to deliver French language service and communication to our Francophone residents, who help to strengthen the diversity of our territory. This funding agreement provides the necessary support to continue delivering these important services.”

- R.J. Simpson, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment

Quick facts

  • The agreement will provide $16,932,000 over three years to support GNWT Departments, boards, and agencies to deliver French language communications and services from 2021-2023.
  • In 2019-2020 the GNWT (through French Translation Services) translated 6,895 total requests from departments, boards, and agencies for communications in French to the NWT public, including 2,299 social media posts.

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