THE WAY I SEE IT

ACTION PLAN FOR OFFICIAL LANGUAGES 

What if I told you that the federal government has a plan to spend $ 2.654 billion dollars on bilingualism over the five years 2018-23? That’s an average of about $530 million per year.
It’s real. Set out in official documents here: https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/pch/documents/services/official-languages-bilingualism/official-languages-action-plan/action-plan.pdf
I suspect the people pushing bilingualism are beating a long-dead horse. Governments can’t lead people to where they don’t want to go.
Page 9 of the PDF is particularly enlightening:
     Decline in the percentage of Francophones outside of Quebec
     Statistics Canada projections show the percentage of Francophones outside of Quebec declining from 4% in 2011 to 3% by 2036.
     Slow growth of bilingualism
     Statistics Canada projects that the national bilingualism rate will go from 17.5% in 2011 to 18.5% in 2036, while the rate of bilingualism of Anglophones outside of Quebec will go from 6.6% to 6.7% for the same period.
The spending figures are set out in Annex 1, pages 49-52 of the PDF and reproduced below (figures shown are in millions):

ANNEX 1: SUMMARY OF GOVERNMENT INVESTMENTS
Department, name of program/initiative Total funding
2018–2023 ($M)
CANADIAN HERITAGE (CH)
Development of Official-Language Minority Communities Program
–  Minority-language education (federal-provincial-territorial agreements) 805.10
–  Cooperation with the non-governmental sector (minority-language organizations) 8.75
–  Intergovernmental Cooperation on Minority-Languages Services (federal-provincial-territorial agreements) 81.00
–  Cooperation with the community sector (minority organizations) 159.50
–  Strategic Fund 22.50
–  Community Cultural Action Fund (CCAF) 10.00
New
–  Additional funding for community organizations (PCH) 57.37
–  Enhancement of the Community Cultural Action Fund (CCAF) 11.16
–  Funding for Quebec English-speaking communities 5.28
–  Strengthening community media and radio 14.53
–  Support for community spaces – infrastructure 67.25
–  Strengthening strategic investment capacity 10.00
–  Support to Civic Community School Initiative 5.25
–  Recruitment of teachers for minority community schools 31.29
–  Enhanced support for French-language services in the territories 60.00
–  Support for Educational Community Infrastructure ($80M over 10 years) 28.00
Enhancement of Official Languages Program
–  Support for Second-Language Learning (federal-provincial-territorial agreements) 448.00
–  Cooperation with the non-governmental Sector (second-language organizations) 4.85
–  Summer language bursary (Explore, Destination Clic) 84.50
–  Official-language monitors (Odyssey) 35.50
–  Promotion of linguistic duality (appreciation and rapprochement) 18.50
–  Promotion of bilingual services in the voluntary sector 1.10
–  Support for interpretation and translation 2.50
–  Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages 18.63
New
–  Mobile application for learning French and English as a second language 16.50
–  Enhanced support – Explore language bursary program 21.00
–  Enhanced support – Odyssey official-languages monitor program 17.50
–  Bursaries for post-secondary education in French as a second language 12.60
–  Recruitment of teachers for French immersion schools 31.29
–  Additional support for Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages 1.20
Other PCH Programs
–  Exchanges Canada (official-languages initiative) 11.25
–  Music Showcases Program for Artists From Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs) 5.75
–  National Translation Program for Book Publishing 4.00
Total – Canadian Heritage 2 111.65
EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT CANADA (ESDC)
–  Social Partnership Initiative in OLMCs 4.00
–  OLMCs Literacy and Essential Skills Initiative 7.50
–  Enabling fund for OLMCs (employability and economic development.) 69.00
New
–  Additional funding for community organizations (ESDC) 4.50
–  Support for early childhood development 20.00
Total – Employment and Social Development Canada 105.00
HEALTH CANADA (HC)
–  Official Languages Health Contribution Program (networks, training and access to health services) 174.30
New
–  Additional funding for community organizations (HC) 4.40
–  Enhancement of the Official Languages Health Contribution Program 12.50
Total – Health Canada 191.20
IMMIGRATION, REFUGEES AND CITIZENSHIP CANADA (IRCC)
–  Immigration to official-language minority communities 29.50
New
–  Francophone integration pathway 36.56
–  Cooperation and Accountability 4.20
Total – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada 70.26
JUSTICE CANADA (JUS)
–  Networks, training and access to justice services 40.20
–  Contraventions Act Fund 49.60
New
–  Access to Justice in Both Official Languages Support Fund 10.00
–  Core funding to justice organizations 3.75
Total – Justice Canada 103.55
INNOVATION, SCIENCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CANADA (ISED)
Economic Development Initiative (various institutions)
–  ISED (coordination) 1.60
–  Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency 6.20
–  Canada Economic Development For Quebec Regions 10.20
–  Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) 0.40
–  Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario 4.45
–  Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario 4.45
–  Western Economic Diversification Canada 3.20
Total – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada 30.50
PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA (PHAC)
New
–  Enhanced early childhood health promotion programming 10.00
Total – Public Health Agency of Canada 10.00
CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS (CCA)
–  Market Access Strategy for Artists from OLMCs 2.75
Total – Canada Council for the Arts 2.75
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (NRC)
–  Strengthening Language Industries and Technologies 10.00
Total – National Research Council 10.00
PUBLIC SERVICES AND PROCUREMENT CANADA (PSPC)–TRANSLATION BUREAU
–  Language Portal of Canada 16.00
Total – Public Services and Procurement Canada 16.00
STATISTICS CANADA (StatCan)
New
–  Additional, continued support to the Language Statistics Section 3.00
Total – Statistics Canada 3.00
TOTAL – GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS/INITIATIVES PROMOTING OFFICIAL LANGUAGES 2 653.91
John Feldsted
Political commentator, consultant & strategist
Winnipeg, Manitoba
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