Action Plan for French-Language Postsecondary Education
In April 2011, the province established an Expert Panel to provide advice on the most efficient and effective model to build French-language postsecondary capacity in central and southwestern Ontario. In response, the province has developed an action plan to address the recommendations of the panel.
Expanding postsecondary programming in French
As part of the action plan, the province has provided $2 million in 2012-13 to York University's Glendon College, Collège Boréal and La Cité collégiale to expand their programs and services in the Greater Toronto Area.
- York University's Glendon College received $1.5 million to expand French programming in their communications, foundations of law and psychology, and business and biology programs, as well as their Language Training Centre.
- Collège Boréal received $250,000 to develop and promote its child and youth worker, pharmacy assistant, dental assistant and cosmetology programs at its Toronto campus.
- La Cité collégiale received $250,000 to develop and promote the joint college-university programs in communications, journalism, and public relations and events management it offers in partnership with Glendon College.
Additional funding will be provided to support the development of more programs in central and southwestern Ontario: $4 million in 2013-14, $5 million in 2014-15, and $5.5 million in 2015-16.
All postsecondary partner institutions identified in Ontario's Policy Framework for French-Language Postsecondary Education and Training are eligible to receive funding and are encouraged to work with other institutions to increase French-language postsecondary education access in central and southwestern Ontario.
Ontario Distance Grants
Beginning this year, Ontario's Francophone students will qualify for an Ontario Distance Grant if they must travel a minimum of 80 kilometres to attend full-time studies in French, even if other institutions without French programming are nearer. The grant expands opportunities for about 1,000 more Francophone students to study in French anywhere in Ontario.
Advisory body on French-language education
An advisory body appointed by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, will be established by spring 2014 to provide advice on the implementation of the action plan.
Capacity at Glendon CollegeA review will evaluate the program delivery capacity at Glendon College and assess whether there is need for further capital expansion to accommodate potential partnerships with other postsecondary institutions. The review is scheduled to be completed by spring 2014.