New Timmins Campus For Collège De Hearst
McGuinty Government Helps More Francophone Students Access Postsecondary Education
The McGuinty Government is investing $3.5 million to increase university access for Francophone students in the North by funding a new campus for Collège de Hearst in Timmins.
This investment will assist Hearst in building a new, permanent campus replacing current leased facilities in Timmins. The new campus will be on the same site as the new Collège Boréal campus currently being built in Timmins, adjacent to École secondaire catholique Thériault.
The addition of the Collège de Hearst facilities to the joint campus will create a French-language education hub in Timmins, offering secondary school diplomas, colleges diplomas, skills training and university degrees from one multi-function location.
There are currently about 2,400 French-language secondary students in this region of northeastern Ontario, making up about 40 per cent of the total secondary school enrolment. Students from the local public and Catholic school boards in the region will benefit from improved access to a variety of postsecondary programs that will be offered out of the new facilities.
- In 2007-08, funding for French-language postsecondary education in Ontario totalled $79.5 million, up about 55 per cent over 2003-04.
- Collège de Hearst is affiliated with Laurentian University in Sudbury and currently offers 23 full programs to French-language students in northeastern Ontario, with campuses in Hearst, Timmins and Kapuskasing.
- Since 2002-03, Collège de Hearst has received almost $1.9 million from Ontario to update equipment and maintain, improve and build facilities.
“Collège de Hearst has a long and proud history providing excellent university programs to the Francophone community of northeastern Ontario. New, modern, permanent facilities in Timmins will help Hearst and Collège Boréal better meet the postsecondary needs of this community well into the future.”
“Investing in high-quality French-language education in northeastern Ontario is essential for the well-being of Franco-Ontarians. This is great news for Timmins and Collège de Hearst, and it demonstrates the provincial government's commitment to ensuring that the francophone communities of Ontario are given opportunities to grow, prosper and enjoy an even better quality of life.”
“This is great news for our students and for the entire community of Timmins and the region. It will enable us to continue to provide excellent services in the Timmins area.”