The Last 30 Years

1979
Recognition of the right of Francophones to criminal proceedings in French in Ontario.

1981
Opening of the Ontario Agricultural College-Campus of Alfred.

1984
The Franco-Ontarian community obtains a decision from the Court of Appeal recognizing the right of Francophones to manage their own schools. The government then passed a law guaranteeing all Francophones the right to a French-language education.

1985
The Office of the Government Co-ordinator of French-Language Services becomes the Office of Francophone Affairs.

1986
After nine years of continuous struggle, Francophones see Ontario pass the French Language Services Act (Bill 8) that guarantees the right to services in French from the provincial government in 22 designated areas of the province. The law became effective in 1989.

1987
TVOntario's La Chaîne begins broadcasting, reaching 70% of Ontario Francophones with cable.

1988
Inauguration of the first two French-language school boards in Ontario, with one in Toronto and the other in Ottawa-Carleton.

Creation of the French-language daycare network, Réseau francophone des services de garde.

Creation of French-language community literacy centres.

1990
The first French-language college of applied arts and technology, La Cité collégiale, opens its doors in Ottawa.

1993
Designation of the first two legal clinics under the French Language Services Act, with one in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and the other in Prescott-Russell.

Following the Bourdeau Commission (1990), Collège Boréal is established for the North.

1998
Twelve French-language school boards are created on January 1 as part of a major administrative reorganization. They would be responsible for managing French-language elementary and secondary schools.

1999
In the Montfort Hospital case, the Ontario Divisional Court recognizes the constitutional protection of linguistic minorities and their institutions and reverses the decision of the Health Services Restructuring Commission. In January 2000, the same commission appeals the Divisional Court's decision in the Court of Appeal.

2001
The Franco-Ontarian flag is officially recognized in legislation as the emblem of the Francophone community of Ontario.

2002
The Ontario government loses the second round in its legal battle with Montfort Hospital, this time before the Court of Appeal. In February 2002 it announces that it will not take the case to the Supreme Court of Canada. The hospital remains open and undertakes several expansion projects.

2006
Creation of the Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario (AFO), from the merger of the Association canadienne-française de l'Ontario (ACFO) and the Direction Entente Canada-communauté Ontario (DECCO);

Unveiling of the first Francophonie monument, a concrete, visible symbol of the Franco-Ontarian identity;

2007
Adoption of the Local Health System Integration Act, which states that the health system must respect the requirements of the French Language Services Act in serving Francophone communities. The Act creates a French language health services advisory council that advises the minister on issues relating to health and delivery of services to Francophone communities.

Creation of the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner by the Government of Ontario, which is responsible for ensuring that government services are delivered in accordance with the French Language Services Act.