Government services in French coming to Lambton in 2024

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French speaking Lambton residents will soon be able to get Ontario government services in their native tongue – but it will take some time.

The province will expand French-language services in Sarnia starting in November 2024. The request came from two French language groups asked for the services. Their calls were supported by local federal, provincial and municipal government.

When Sarnia is designated under the French Language Services Act, the province must provide French language services – either by the government or a third party.

About 5,400 people declare French as their first language in Lambton – that’s about 4.2 per cent of the county’s population.

There are about 620,000 Francophones in Ontario while 1.5 million Ontarians say they speak French.