French-Language Education - Facts And Figures
The McGuinty government has made significant investments in French-language education over the past 5 years. Since 2002-03, total funding for French-language boards has increased by $362 million. In 2008-09, French-language boards are projected to receive more than $1.1 billion in funding, an increase of 4% over last year.
These investments are just part of the McGuinty government's overall strategy to provide Francophone students with the support they need to succeed. Other initiatives include:
- Launching the Politique d'aménagement linguistique. This policy aims to improve retention in French-language schools, enhance students' oral communications skills and build capacity among school staff working in a linguistic minority setting.
- Creating the Elementary and Secondary French-language Education Task Force to help ensure that francophones play a greater role in the overall development of a high quality education system in Ontario.
- Breaking down barriers between French-language schools, postsecondary education and training.
- Providing $70 million in cumulative enhancements in the Language Grant for French-language boards, including $10 million to hire additional teachers and increase unique course offerings in French-language secondary schools.
- Investing in school construction projects worth $220 million over four years to address the accommodation needs of French-language boards.
- Delivering on the commitment to create an independent TFO network that will meet the specific cultural and educational needs of the Francophone community.
- Expanding access to postsecondary education for French-language students by supporting the construction of two college campuses in Timmins.
- Investing $20 million for a new Centre of Excellence for Francophone and Bilingual Postsecondary Education at Glendon College.
- Investing $6.75 million for a new research and training centre in the construction trades at La Cité Collégiale in Orleans.
- Setting aside $1 million in initial funding to improve awareness of French-language education in Ontario.
And student achievement continues to improve.
- In 2007-08 provincewide assessments:
- Grade 6 French-language students are already exceeding the provincial standard in all assessment areas
- French-language students with special needs improved in all subjects by between 13 and 28 percentage points since 2002-03.
- In 2007-08, the percentage of first-time eligible French-language students who passed the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) remains at a record high of 83 per cent - 5 percentage points higher than five years ago.