The Province chose the celebration date to recognize the Franco-Ontarian flag. That green and white flag – created by history professor Gaétan Gervais and first-year political science student Michel Dupuis, both from Laurentian University – was first raised on September 25, 1975. The Province officially declared September 25 the annual date for Franco-Ontarian Day in 2010, the year that marked the 400th anniversary of Francophones in Ontario.

Celebrate with us this year! The Mayor will mark Franco-Ontarian Day on Friday, September 24 by raising the Franco-Ontarian flag during the Festival franco-ontarien at 6:45 p.m. In fact, check out Major’s Hill Park that evening and on Saturday, September 25 to enjoy all this year’s Festival franco-ontarien events. Visit the Festival website for details on programming and participation to the festival.

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

  • Heritage Building (Elgin Street entrance) – Ottawa City Hall
  • Client Service Centre, 255 Centrum Boulevard
  • Client Service Centre, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive
  • Client Service Centre, 580 Terry Fox Drive
  • Mary Pitt Centre, 100 Constellation Drive
  • Ottawa Police Service Headquarters, 360 Elgin Street
  • OC Transpo Headquarters, St. Laurent Boulevard
  • Ottawa By-Law Services Headquarters, 735 Industrial Avenue
  • Ottawa Paramedic Service Headquarters, 2495 Don Reid Drive
  • Ottawa Fire Services Headquarters, 1455 Carling Avenue
  • James K. Bartleman Centre – City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive

Almost a quarter of the Franco-Ontarian population lives in the Ottawa area. Let’s reflect on their contributions to the cultural, social, economic, historic and political fabric of Ottawa.

Happy Franco-Ontarian Day! Celebrate with your green and white!