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Supporting French-Language Student Success

McGuinty Government Helps Expand Admission Guidelines at French-Language Schools

Ministry of Education

School boards are modernizing their admission processes to French-language schools to better reflect Ontario's changing Francophone population.

Ontario recently changed the way it defines a Francophone in response to declining birth rates, an increase in immigration and more families with only one parent who speaks French - just some of the ways the Francophone population in Ontario has changed.

To reflect these changes, French-language school boards will look at making their admission processes more streamlined and their schools more welcoming for:

§         French-speaking newcomers

§         Newcomers who speak neither French nor English

§         Children whose grandparents' first language is French

§         Families with a parent who does not speak French.

Quick Facts

  • School boards will have revised admission policies in place by January 15, 2010.
  • The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms determines who has the right to go to French-language schools in Ontario. Other students wishing to attend French-language school go through an admission process with the school board.

Additional Resources


“Making our French-language education schools more inclusive will not only help more students reach their full potential, it will also contribute to a vibrant Francophone population in Ontario”

Kathleen Wynne

Minister of Education

“Our government recognizes the great contribution of newcomers in Ontario and the changing face of Ontario's francophone community. New admission processes will help make our schools more welcoming, supporting parent engagement and student achievement.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs



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