Franco-Ontarian Flag Day celebrated across Ottawa on 40th anniversary

Forty years ago, a flag was raised for the first time to honour Franco-Ontarians, which launched Franco-Ontarian Flag Day celebrated each year - le jour du drapeau Franco-Ontarien.

Franco-Ontarian flag first raised in Ontario in 1975

On Sept. 25, 1975, the Franco-Ontarian flag was raised for the first time to honour all French-speaking residents in Ontario.

The 40-year anniversary of that day, and the 400th anniversary of the French presence in Ontario, was marked Friday across Ottawa and you shared the different ways you were celebrating the day.

As part of tradition, there is singing and various performing arts.

Many institutions also raised the Franco-Ontarian Flag to mark 40 years.

Please tweet us your photos marking Franco-Ontarian Flag Day @CBCOttawa or email

Also on Friday, the Ontario government announced the University of Ottawa had been designated an officially bilingual institution.


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