Investing In Francophone Students In The North
A Francophone learning centre now under development in Timmins is being expanded to include a new, permanent campus for Collège de Hearst. The centre will also include the existing École secondaire catholique Thériault and a new Timmins campus for Collège Boréal.
With the addition of Hearst, an affiliate college of Laurentian University in Sudbury, the new facilities will offer French-language students across the region access to secondary school diplomas, college diplomas and university degrees - all at one location.
Hearst previously offered university programs in Timmins out of leased facilities, as well as its campuses in the Town of Hearst and Kapuskasing.
Collège de Hearst was founded in 1953 to make university programs available to the North's Francophone community - currently there are about 2,400 French-language secondary students in northeastern Ontario.
The Ontario government will invest $3.5 million by boosting Hearst's annual funding by $151,000 to cover the additional costs.
Support For French-Language Postsecondary Education
Ontario has a large and dynamic Francophone community, currently served by two French-language colleges - La Cité collégiale in Ottawa and Collège Boréal in Sudbury. There are also six bilingual universities or affiliated colleges offering French-language programs:
- University of Ottawa
- St. Paul University (federated with the University of Ottawa)
- Laurentian University
- University of Sudbury (federated with Laurentian University)
- Hearst College (affiliated with Laurentian University)
- York University's Glendon College
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Dominican College and Alfred College (University of Guelph) also offer French-language postsecondary programs.
The Advisory Committee on French-Language Postsecondary Education provides the government with strategic advice on how to improve access for francophone students to postsecondary education and training programs.
A French-Language Continued Learning Unit at the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has been established. It develops comprehensive strategic plans for French-language postsecondary and training and helps guide government targets for new program development and funding.
Investing In Students
Investing in the skills and knowledge of Ontarians is a cornerstone of the government's plan to strengthen the economy. Together with its partners in education, the government is working to ensure students have the support and the tools they need to succeed.
New postsecondary and training investments in the 2008 Budget include:
- $20M in the expansion of York University's Glendon Campus to create a centre of excellence for French-language and bilingual postsecondary education
- $560 million over three years to expand and improve training and apprenticeship programs across the province
- $465 million over three years to provide more support for students, including $385 million for Textbook and Technology grants and $27 million for Distance Grants to help students in remote areas with travel costs
- $200 million in 2007-08 to maintain and upgrade university facilities
- $79.5 million in funding was provided jointly by the Ontario and federal governments in 2007-08 for specialized support for Ontario's French colleges and bilingual universities. This is an increase of about 55 per cent over 2003-04.