Supporting French-language Students in Eastern Ontario
Colleges commit to education for and by Francophones at College D’Alfred
Ontario is working with La Cité and Collège Boréal to ensure that students in Eastern Ontario continue to have access to French-language programs.
The two Francophone colleges have signed agreements-in-principle to deliver programs and services for French-language education at the College D'Alfred site and within Eastern Ontario. Ontario is committed to maintaining French-language agricultural and food programs for the Francophone community in Ontario and the region. Details are being finalized, but the move is expected to minimize the impact on the agricultural and Francophone communities who benefit from the campus.
Although no immediate partners have emerged, Ontario also remains open to community-based proposals to maintain programming at the Kemptville campus. Government will be reaching out to community leaders, businesses, and institutions to find a path forward for the site.
- Ontario has increased funding to French-Language postsecondary education by over 62 per cent since 2003-04.
- For 2012-13, this targeted funding amounted to nearly $84 million.
- Ontario invests more than $75 million annually for agriculture research.
“Under the leadership of MPP Grant Crack, our government has moved quickly to work with La Cité and Collège Boréal to ensure that academic programs at the Campus D’Alfred site are offered by Francophones and for Francophones. We are pleased that these partners have come forward to ensure that unique, high quality French-language agricultural programs are offered to the community and we hope to find a path forward for the Kemptville campus in the near future.”
“I am pleased that La Cité and Collège Boréal will work together to ensure that quality academic programs continue at the Campus D’Alfred site. These programs will enjoy a system of governance by and for Francophones, responding to an aspiration of the rural Francophone community. I would like to thank Grant Crack for his leadership on this issue of great importance to Franco-Ontarians in Eastern Ontario.”
“Collège Boréal has a successful history working with the University of Guelph at its Campus D'Alfred and we are excited to be supporting the availability of high quality programming at this campus. We look forward to collaborating with La Cité and our partners at the Government of Ontario to ensure that students continue to benefit from the unique French-language services at this campus.”
“The Campus D’Alfred has a unique place in the hearts and minds of countless Francophone students who have benefited from its high quality agricultural programming. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with our partners and determine the best way to meet the needs and aspirations of the rural Francophone community.”
“As the Parliamentary Assistant to both the Minister of Agriculture and the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, I understand how important the Campus D’Alfred and Kemptville Campus are in both their local region and the sector at large. That’s why I will continue to work closely with La Cité and Collège Boréal to ensure that academic programs for Francophone students are available in Eastern Ontario and ensure that our agriculture industry has a strong educational base for continued growth. Moving forward, I will engage with local partners in the hopes of finding a community-focused solution for the Kemptville Campus.”