French-language channel La Chaîne hits the airwaves

The French arm of TVOntario changes its name to TFO in 1995 and becomes independent in 2006.

The channel seeks to provide innovative educational and cultural content in French.

In 2010, Claudette Paquin, who was TFO’s Chief Executive Officer at the time, was the recipient of the second annual Award of Excellence – Promotion of Linguistic Duality, presented by Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser. This award is given to an individual or organization that is not subject to the federal Official Languages Act but whose leadership has strengthened English or French in Canada or abroad or has contributed to the development of Canada’s official language minority communities.

Claudette Paquin worked for TFO for nearly 20 years.