2015

The City of Halifax apologizes to Nova Scotia’s Acadians and Francophones

The Nova Scotian capital acknowledged the harm it had caused regarding school taxes collected from Acadians and Francophones that were used to fund only English-language schools.

It took nearly two decades and a court case for the municipality and the province to provide French schools with their portion of the supplementary education tax paid by all landowners.

Under the agreement, the municipality committed to:

  • contribute a grant of $75,000 to a charitable trust or foundation that will support students studying in French in the geographic boundaries of the municipality; and
  • continue the work of the joint committee whose goal is to enhance and advise on Acadian and Francophone community relations.

Photograph by WayeMason (Wikimedia Commons)

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