"As Canada’s founding language, French is an integral part of our history, our identity and our daily lives,” said the Prime Minister. “Our continued support to TV5MONDE is further proof of our commitment to promoting the French language and the rich and diverse culture of the Francophonie both at home and abroad.”
Canada’s support for 2013 will assist TV5MONDE in expanding its distribution network and implementing its transition to High Definition, which will help the network to remain competitive and enable Francophone artists and the audio-visual industry of Canada to continue sharing their talent and creativity with the world.
TV5, which encompasses TV5MONDE and TV5 Québec Canada, is a global television network that broadcasts several signals of French language programming, reaching more than 220 million homes – including almost 7 million in Canada – in nearly 200 countries and territories globally.
Established more than 25 years ago, TV5 constitutes a partnership among five governments of the Francophonie: Canada, the Province of Quebec, France, Switzerland, and the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles. TV5 Québec Canada, based in Montreal, manages the TV5 signal for Canada, while TV5MONDE, based in Paris, manages the signals covering Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, the United States, Latin America, and the Middle East.
In addition to funding announced today, the Government of Canada has invested approximately $70 million in TV5 Québec Canada and TV5MONDE since 2006.