New Committee to Help Expand French-language Postsecondary Education
Ontario Making it Easier to Study in French at College and University
Ontario is setting up a new committee that will help strengthen and expand French‑language postsecondary education in central and southwestern Ontario.
The Advisory Committee on French-Language Postsecondary Education for Central and Southwestern Ontario includes representation from student groups and experts from the public, private, and non-profit sectors who are well-accustomed with the challenges French-speaking postsecondary students face in these regions.
The committee will advise the government on how to ensure the right resources and supports are in place to expand French-language postsecondary education in a region of the province that is expected to be home to half of Ontario's French-speaking population by 2020.
Supporting French-language postsecondary education is part of Ontario's economic plan to invest in people and ensure everyone benefits from a world-class education.
- Ontario is home to more than 600,000 francophones — the largest francophone population in Canada outside of Quebec.
- More than one-third of the province’s francophone population lives in central and southwestern Ontario. By 2020, more than half of the province’s francophone population will reside in these regions.
- The Ontario government has increased funding for French-language postsecondary education by more than 62 per cent since 2003-04.
- In 2013, the government provided a total of $16.5 million to help universities and colleges expand their French-language programs and services, including expansions that are already underway at York University’s Glendon College, Collège Boréal and La Cité collégiale in the Greater Toronto Area.
- The province expanded the Ontario Distance Grant to approximately 1,000 more francophone students to increase their opportunities to study in French.
“I’m delighted to welcome our committee members and thank them for taking on this important task. Their guidance and insight will be critical in helping francophone students in central and southwestern Ontario succeed in their own language.”
“I am pleased by the broad representation on this advisory committee, which includes many distinguished members of the Franco-Ontarian community and key stakeholder groups. I look forward to receiving the committee’s advice on how to move forward with improving access to French-language postsecondary education in a region that is critical to the future of the French fact in Ontario.”