Celebrating Franco-Ontarian Day

Published on
September 21, 2022
Arts, heritage and events

For more than 400 years, francophones have been an integral part of Ontario society. In 2010, September 25 was officially declared to be Franco-Ontario Day in recognition of the Franco‑Ontarian flag. The flag was raised for the first time on September 25, 1975. Created by Gaétan Gervais and Michel Dupuis, this strong symbol of Francophone Ontario is marking its 47th anniversary this year.

Ontario is home to the largest Francophone community in Canada outside Quebec. More than one quarter of Ontario's francophones live right here in Ottawa. The Francophone community in Ottawa is proud of its history, its language, its cultural diversity and its ongoing contribution to political, economic and social life in our beautiful city of Ottawa. This year we also pay tribute to Gisèle Lalonde, a symbol of Francophone resilience who passed away recently, leaving behind an important legacy for current and future Francophones.

Like every year, the city will be adorned with the Franco-Ontarian colours and will host Ottawa residents at Major’s Hill Park on Sunday, September 25 to celebrate the Francophone community and families in Ottawa. The 2022 Festival franco-ontarien invites young and old to a rich and diverse program from September 23 to 25, 2022. The Mayor will mark Franco-Ontarian Day by raising the Franco-Ontarian flag during the festival at 12:30 pm on Sunday, September 25.

A Franco-Ontarian flag flies permanently at Ottawa City Hall at 110 Laurier Avenue West, over Marion Dewar Plaza, and at the Centre d’accueil Champlain at 275 Perrier Street. Several other City facilities will fly the Franco-Ontarian flag on September 25 from dawn until dusk, including: 

  • Heritage Building at City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West 
  • Client Service Centre, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive 
  • Client Service Centre, 580 Terry Fox Drive, Kanata 
  • Mary Pitt Centre, 100 Constellation Drive, Nepean 
  • Ottawa Paramedic Service Headquarters, 2465 Don Reid Drive 
  • Ottawa Police Service Headquarters, 474 Elgin Street 
  • Ottawa Fire Services Headquarters, 1445 Carling Avenue 
  • By-Law and Regulatory Services Headquarters, 735 Industrial Avenue 
  • OC Transpo Headquarters, 1500 St. Laurent Blvd 
  • James K. Bartleman Centre, 100 Tallwood Drive 

The City will also mark Franco-Ontarian Day by illuminating the OTTAWA sign at York Street and Sussex Drive in the ByWard Market in green and white, the colours of the Franco-Ontarian flag. You are invited to take pictures of the sign and post them on your social networks as a way of celebrating Franco-Ontarian Day.

Happy Franco-Ontarian Day! Celebrate in green and white! 

Le Drapeau Franco-Ontarien