Regina, Saskatchewan, March 23, 2016 – For nine years, Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has been contributing to the vitality of Canada’s official languages through the FCC Expression Fund. This year, $50,000 was awarded to eight minority language projects across Canada.
“FCC applauds these non-profit organizations in their efforts to help their communities express their cultural and linguistic diversity,” said Brenda Stasuik, FCC director, Corporate Social Responsibility. “This year, we received over 110 applications for funding from communities across Canada, which demonstrates that many worthy organizations are working hard to keep both official languages thriving in their communities.”
The fund recipients for 2016 are:
- École Sainte-Anne – Fredericton, N.B. ($10,000)
- Pontiac High School – Shawville, Que. ($10,000)
- Centre d’appui à la famille et à l’enfance (CAFE) Nord-Ouest – Falher, Alta. ($7,500)
- Réseau de développement économique et d’employabilité (RDÉE) de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard Inc. – Wellington, P.E.I. ($7,500)
- Centre culturel Le Chenail – Hawkesbury, Ont. ($5,000)
- Société historique de la Saskatchewan – Regina, Sask. ($5,000)
- Salon du livre de l’Est ontarien – Alfred, Ont. ($3,000)
- École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Catherine – Pain Court, Ont. ($2,000)
Community groups will once again have an opportunity to apply for the FCC Expression Fund in January 2017. Eligibility requirements and more information about selected projects and the fund can be found at www.fccexpressionfund.ca.
“As a federal Crown corporation, FCC is committed to communicating with customers and employees in their preferred official language,” said Stasuik. “Our bilingual heritage is unique and FCC is happy to support worthy projects that promote both official languages.”
This fund was developed in 2008. Over the past nine years, it has supported 49 projects, an investment of more than $300,000.
FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $28 billion. Our employees are dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and its role in feeding an ever-growing world. We provide flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and agri-food industry. Our profits are reinvested back into agriculture and the communities where our customers and employees live and work. Visit fcc.ca or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and on Twitter @FCCagriculture.
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For more information, photos or interviews, contact:
Éva Larouche (bilingual)
Farm Credit Canada