Ontario Continuing to Support Francophone Learners
Province on Track to Deliver New Governance Model for Centre Jules-Léger
TORONTO — The Ontario government and the Centre Jules-Léger (CJL) Consortium are thrilled to have recently signed an agreement that sets the framework to transfer the governance of Centre Jules-Léger (CJL) from the Ministry of Education to the CJL Consortium.
The CJL Consortium represents an innovative and efficient governance model. The consortium's leadership is composed of representatives from Ontario's 12 French-language school boards — reflecting governance by and for Francophones.
"Our government is proud to deliver this historic milestone and achievement for Francophone students in Ontario," said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. "Our government is listening and acting on the priorities of our Francophone community by empowering local communities to strengthen the delivery of Francophone education in the province."
"The members of the consortium are very happy and satisfied to have completed one of the most important steps in the transfer process," said Johanne Lacombe, chair of the CJL Consortium. "It is a firm commitment on the part of both parties to transfer the Centre Jules-Léger to the consortium."
Once the transfer is finalized, students and their families will benefit from a governance model that is by and for Francophones. Parents and the CJL community will also have the opportunity for stronger engagement to improve student achievement, equity and well-being in the schools with the creation of a Parent and Program Advisory Committee.
"With this transfer, our government is delighted that Centre Jules-Léger will continue to offer students and parents the same services and programs in French that they currently rely on," said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Francophone Affairs. "This principle will guide us when making decisions to protect what matters most for Ontario's Francophone community."
The CJL Consortium will continue to play a critical role once it assumes governance of CJL and will focus its efforts on providing French-language educational services to the province's Francophone students, in accordance with CJL's mandate.
- The transfer of governance of the CJL from the ministry to the new consortium will occur on August 17, 2020, at the latest.
- The ministry and the CJL Consortium are also working to establish an operational budget for the CJL. More information will follow in the 2019-20 school year.