Free, bilingual door signs being snapped up by Moncton businesses

09/25/2012 04:49 EDT | Updated 11/25/2012 05:12 EST
MONCTON, N.B. - The City of Moncton is finding that when it provides bilingual signs at zero cost, businesses are quick to put them up.

About 50 bilingual door signs indicating opening and closing times in French and English have been distributed by the New Brunswick municipality in a single week.

The program is part of a municipal program set up to encourage companies to display bilingual information on their storefronts.

Nicole Melanson, a spokeswoman for the city, says a survey completed in June showed that just four per cent of 350 downtown businesses had bilingual signs on their doors giving hours of operation in both of the city's official languages.

She says the city's goal is to increase the percentage of bilingual door signs giving hours of operation to 45 per cent of all downtown stores within five years.

Moncton has been a bilingual municipality since 2002.