Supporting Canada's Heritage and Cultural Diversity
2018 Federal Budget February 27, 2018
Canada's heritage and culture plays a vital part in the day-to-day lives of Canadians. To support this important sector of our economy, Budget 2018 proposes investments that will ensure that Canada's heritage can be celebrated and shared by more Canadians in more communities across the country.
Canada’s linguistic duality, which for 50 years has been enshrined in the Official Languages Act, is an integral part of Canada's history and identity. Strong official language minority communities not only celebrate our shared history and identity, they are essential to Canada's competitiveness in an increasingly globalized world.
The Government proposes to provide $400.0 million in new funding over five years, starting in 2018–19, with $88.4 million per year ongoing, in support of the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023. Key measures will be implemented by Canadian Heritage, Employment and Social Development Canada, Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Statistics Canada, and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and will include funding for: [...] Development of an interactive application to make it easy for Canadians to learn English or French as a second language.