The degree of power and degree of social inclusion experienced by individuals are strong determinants of health. Although there has been a Francophone presence in Toronto for four centuries, Francophones do not have much power or visibility in Toronto. Historically this minority group has been discriminated against and is still perceived negatively by some. L’Association des Communautés Francophone de l’Ontario – Toronto (L’ACFO-TO) aims to assist the approximately 300,000 Francophones and Francophiles of Toronto to value the French language in order to avoid assimilation.
“L’ACFO-TO is doing this by creating community engagement initiatives and an awareness of the continuum of various services in French.” The intent of L’ACFO-TO is to make it possible for people to speak French on a daily basis in a city of about four million (in the Greater Toronto area) where English is the language spoken by the majority. Other objectives are to increase Francophone visibility in a positive way, to increase participation Francophones in all aspects of city life including economic aspects, and to increase the feeling of belonging.
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