Sarnia has been designated to provide French-language services by the Ministry of Francophone Affairs.
Starting Nov. 1, 2024, Ontario government offices in Sarnia will offer full French-language services in accordance with the French Language Services Act.
The request came from two local Francophone organizations, Regroupement des organismes francophones de Sarnia-Lambton and the Centre culturel Joliet, with the full support of MPP Bob Bailey, MP Marilyn Gladu, and Mayor Mike Bradley.
About 5,400 Francophones live in Sarnia-Lambton, representing 4.2% of the population.
Sarnia will become the 27th area providing French-language services in Ontario, which is home to the largest French-speaking community in Canada outside of Quebec.