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Province Proposes French University in Ontario

Web posted on August 28, 2017

Ontario is proposing to create a new French-language university, the first of its kind in the province, giving French-speaking students more opportunities to study in French.

Ontario is home to 611,500 Francophones the largest population in Canada outside of Qubec with central and southwestern Ontario home to the fastest growing Francophone population.

The government established the French-language University Planning Board last fall to provide recommendations for the creation of a new French-Language University in Central and Southwestern Ontario. The board is chaired by Dr. Dyane Adam. The Board submitted its report to the government in July 2017.

In consultation with the francophone community, the French-language University Planning Board has provided recommendations to the government for the creation of a French-language university in Central and Southwestern Ontario, governed by and for Francophones.

After careful review, Ontario will be accepting key recommendations of the report and intends to introduce legislation for the creation of the proposed university in the coming months.

In 2015-16, the Ontario government invested $87.9 million to support French-language postsecondary education, including almost $14 million from the federal government an increase of more than 71 per cent since 2003-04.

"This is a tremendous step forward in the creation of the first standalone French-language university in Ontario, governed by and for Francophones, which will provide access to high-quality French-language university education in the Greater Toronto Area and Central and Southwestern Ontario. My sincere thanks to the planning board panel and chair, Dr. Dyane Adam, for the work they have done." Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Creating more postsecondary education options for students is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.