Ontario government-Collège Boréal agreement secures French-language college education in Central-Southwestern Ontario
TORONTO, April 4 /CNW/ - The Ontario government and Collège Boréal have signed an agreement to provide French-language college education in Central and Southwestern Ontario, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Dianne Cunningham announced today.
"I am extremely pleased that Collège Boréal is working with us to meet the educational and training needs of Francophones in Central-Southwestern Ontario," Cunningham said. "This agreement is in keeping with our government's commitment to ensure that the Francophone population in that region has access to high quality college programs relevant to their needs."
The government has agreed to provide $11 million over three years to establish and support delivery of college, education and training programs that meet the needs of students, employers and communities in Central- Southwestern Ontario. A portion of this funding is provided under the Canada- Ontario Special Agreement for the Completion and Full Development of the French-language Colleges in Ontario.
"Collège Boréal is looking forward to collaborating with the communities of Central-Southwestern Ontario to achieve our common goals of providing quality postsecondary education and training," said Gisèle Chrétien, President of Collège Boréal.
French-language college education in Central and Southwestern Ontario has been delivered by Toronto-based Collège des Grands Lacs. Last fall, the college's board of governors recommended to the government that the college be closed. Currently, the college is winding down its operations.
In recent months, Collège Boréal has undertaken a series of consultations with representatives of the Francophone community in Central-Southwestern Ontario to assess the educational and training needs of Francophones in the region. Collège Boréal will include appropriate representation from the Central-Southwestern region on its board.
The agreement between the government and the college took effect on April 1, 2002 and students will begin classes this fall. The college plans to confirm the location of its Toronto campus and the range of programs to be offered later this month.
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For further information: Contacts: Dave Ross, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1625; Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, (416) 325-2709; Renée Champagne, VP, College and Community Affairs, Collège Boréal, (705) 560-6673 ext. 2780