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Railway map of province of Ontario, 1875
1867

In Ontario, Francophone communities are established along railway routes

Industrialization and railway construction make this a period of prosperity for the province.
Postal card of the Monument National in Ottawa (Ontario) in 1910
1910

The Association canadienne-française d’Éducation de l’Ontario is founded

The Association is created following a meeting of delegates at the Monument National in Ottawa.
Protest in front of Guigues school in Ottawa (Ontario), February 1916
1912

Regulation 17 is introduced in Ontario

Regulation 17 makes English the only language of instruction in Ontario’s public schools after the first two years of school.
First building of the Le Droit newspaper in 1913
March 27, 1913

The first edition of Le Droit is published

The founding of the newspaper is closely linked to the Ontario government’s introduction of Regulation 17 the previous year.
Poster on the battle of the hatpins
January 4, 1916

The Battle of the Hatpins breaks out in Ontario

Guigues Elementary School in Ottawa is taken over by French-speaking mothers and teachers.
October 22, 1926

The first meeting of the secret society of the Commandeurs de l’Ordre de Jacques-Cartier is held in Ontario

The society is a reflection of a certain amount of frustration among French Canadians who feel that their rights are being ignored.
1927

The Ontario government stops enforcing Regulation 17

Once again, French becomes the primary language of instruction in Franco-Ontarian schools.
1970

The Office of the Provincial Coordinator of French Language Services is created in Ontario

This office administers the Government of Ontario’s French-language services.
Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario Logo
1971

The Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario premieres, ushering in a renewal of Franco-Ontarian culture

The theatre company was founded in Sudbury by a group of Laurentian University students during French Ontario’s “cultural revolution.”
Poster of La nuit sur l'étang
1973

The first La Nuit sur l’étang concert is held in Ontario

This celebration of Franco-Ontarian culture takes place every spring in Sudbury.
Franco-Ontarian flag
1975

In Sudbury, the Franco-Ontarian flag flies for the first time

Franco-Ontarians are the first after the Acadians to have their own flag.
Festival Franco-Ontarien's logo
May 23, 1976

The first Festival franco-ontarien is held in the nation’s capital

It is a major event for Ontario’s Francophones and francophiles.
Canadian Parents for French logo
1977

The Ontario branch of Canadian Parents for French is founded

It is one of the first three provincial branches of the Canadian Parents for French network.
Franco-Fête's logo
1983

Toronto’s Franco-Fête is created

The event used to be called Semaine Francophone (French Week).
1984

The Ontario Court of Appeal rules that proposed restrictions on minority language education and minority language school boards are unconstitutional

In response to four questions referred by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that the proposed amendments to the Education Act—which would place restrictions on the beneficiaries of rights under section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, give school boards greater discretion in determining whether to provide French-language schools and instruction, restrict the section 23 “where numbers warrant” test and impose territorial limitations on school boards that would affect rights holders—were unconstitutional.
Franco-Ontarian Flag
1986

Ontario passes the French Language Services Act

The French Language Services Act guarantees many language rights for Franco-Ontarians.
1986

Ontario’s High Court of Justice rules that publicly funded minority language educational facilities are warranted in Penetanguishene

Ontario’s High Court of Justice ruled that under section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, rights holders are entitled to receive education in their language that is of equal quality to that which is provided to the majority.
TFO's logo
1987

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.
Aerial picture of the Soo Locks (downriver view) — in Michigan between Lake Superior and Lake Huron
1990

A national controversy ignites in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

The City adopts a municipal resolution, declaring itself to be unilingual English.
1998

A French language health services network is created in eastern Ontario

The Réseau des services de santé en français de l’Est de l’Ontario deals with issues that affect the region’s French-speaking community.
Poster of SOS Montfort
2001

The Court of Appeal for Ontario overturns the decision to close the Hôpital Montfort

In 1997, the Ontario Health Services Restructuring Commission had announced its intention to close the Montfort hospital, the only French-language university hospital in the entire province.
Logo of Réseau franco-santé du Sud de l’Ontario
2003

A French language health services network is created in southern Ontario

The French Health Network of Central Southwestern Ontario is a non-profit organization that helps to develop French language health services in the central southwestern region of the province.
La Cité collégiale in Ottawa
2006

Launch of the Monuments to Ottawa’s Francophonie

Launched in 2006, this community project initially aimed to build six monuments to the Francophonie in Ottawa to recognize the Francophone presence in the National Capital Region.
François Boileau
2007

The appointment of a French Language Services Commissioner marks a turning point in Ontario

On August 1, François Boileau becomes Ontario’s first French Language Services Commissioner.
2009

The Supreme Court of Canada renders its decision in the Desrochers case

The ruling is a major victory for linguistic equality.
Logo de Réseau du mieux-être francophone du Nord de l’Ontario
2010

The Réseau du mieux-être francophone du Nord de l’Ontario is created in northern Ontario

The mission of the Réseau du mieux-être francophone du Nord de l’Ontario is to improve access to French language health care services for Francophones living in Northern Ontario.
Ontario plate bears a French slogan
2011

Ontario introduces French licence plates

Ontarians can now order a plate with the French version of the Yours to discover provincial slogan—Tant à découvrir—or even the Franco-Ontarian flag.
People seated around a table engaged in conversation
2011

The États généraux de la francophonie d’Ottawa is held in Ottawa

On June 17, 2011, the États généraux de la francophonie d’Ottawa was officially launched at Ottawa City Hall during the Festival franco-ontarien.
Ontario Legislative Assembly
2011

The Ontario government adopts a regulation to clarify the obligations of the French Language Services Act

It is called Ontario Regulation 284/11: Provision of French Language Services on Behalf of Government Agencies.
2013

French-speaking community mobilizes to help save CBEF Windsor radio station

In 2009, when CBC/Radio-Canada announced budget cuts affecting local programming at CBEF Windsor, a French-language radio station in southern Ontario, the Francophone community created SOS CBEF to speak out against the cuts and their potential impact on the community.
Logo of the celebrations for 400 years of French presence in Ontario
2015

Ontario celebrates 400 years of French presence

The community celebrations of 400 years of French presence in Ontario are a living testament to the contribution of Franco-Ontarians from 1615 to 2015.
February 22, 2016

More than 100 years after the passing of Regulation 17, the Government of Ontario apologizes to Franco-Ontarians

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne apologizes formally for this legislation.
2017

Notre Place becomes the official anthem of Franco-Ontarians

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario passed the motion made by Glengarry–Prescott–Russell MPP Grant Crack to recognize the song Notre Place as the official anthem of Francophones in Ontario.
Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute logo
2018

The University of Ottawa celebrates 50 years of expertise in official languages and bilingualism

For five decades, academic excellence, innovation and commitment to bilingualism have been part of the University of Ottawa’s vision.
The Ontario Legislative Building located in Queen’s Park, Toronto
2019

The Office of the French Language Services Commissioner of Ontario closes its doors

In December 2018, the Ontario Legislative Assembly passed Bill 57, which made cuts to French language services in Ontario, including the abolition of the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner (OFLSC).