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Ensuring Access to French-language Agricultural Education

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Ensuring Access to French-language Agricultural Education

Ontario Takes Next Step on Alfred Campus

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Ontario is ensuring that francophone students can continue studying at Alfred Campus in the coming academic year. With the help of the Ontario government, La Cité has agreed to coordinate the delivery of agricultural programming and services in eastern Ontario.

Collège Boréal will collaborate with La Cité to ensure that the Veterinary Technician diploma program is offered at Alfred in 2015-16, while continuing to focus its efforts on increasing access to French-language postsecondary programs in central and southwestern Ontario. The Agriculture Technician and Nutrition and Food Services Management programs will also continue to be offered by La Cité at the Alfred Campus in 2015-16.

For the longer term, the government is committed to working with La Cité to ensure students can access French-language agricultural education and training in eastern Ontario, and with both La Cité and Collège Boréal to ensure students can access a broader range of high-quality French-language programs across the province.

Ensuring the sustainability of agricultural education and supporting French-language postsecondary education are part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

Quick Facts

  • On January 30, 2015, the government announced its next steps towards addressing the future of agricultural education in eastern Ontario at the Alfred and Kemptville campuses.
  • Ontario has increased funding for French-language postsecondary education by over 64 per cent since 2003-04.
  • In 2013-14, Ontario invested $84.2 million to support French-language postsecondary education, including $13.6 million from the federal government.
  • Ontario’s agri-food industry is Canada’s largest food processing sector, accounting for 3,000 businesses.
  • Ontario’s agri-food industry contributes approximately $34 billion to the province’s economy and supports more than 740,000 jobs across the province.

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“Our government understands the importance of francophone students having access to high-quality agricultural programs that allow them to learn and succeed in their own language. We would like to thank both French-language colleges for their continued efforts to respond to the needs of current and prospective students, in eastern Ontario and across the province.”

Reza Moridi

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“Our government remains committed to the future of quality French-language agricultural education in eastern Ontario. La Cité is a Franco-Ontarian institution that has a deep understanding of the francophone community and is well equipped to provide the delivery of quality agricultural education. I would also like to thank Collège Boréal for their critical work and support during this transition.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs

“Supporting agricultural learning and training in both English and French is a priority for our government. We continue to work with our partners to ensure that both Kemptville and Alfred campuses remain an important part of culture and tradition of agriculture in eastern Ontario, as well as an economic pillar for the local communities.”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“I’m pleased to see that La Cité is taking the lead and working collaboratively with Collège Boréal to make sure that Francophone students can continue to benefit from French-language agricultural programs in Eastern Ontario. I look forward to continuing my work with all of our community partners towards a long-term, sustainable solution that benefits both students and the local economy.”

Grant Crack

Member of Provincial Parliament, Glengarry-Prescott-Russell

“La Cité is making a long term commitment to agricultural education and quality French-language postsecondary education in eastern Ontario. The future of training program delivery in rural and agri-foods research and development in eastern Ontario hinges on a willingness and desire by partners to come together and find a sustainable solution. With the help of the Ontario government, La Cité will work with the community to further enhance and diversify program offerings and delivery, research projects, on the job training opportunities, and distance learning options.”

Lise Bourgeois

President, La Cité

“Over the past 15 years, Collège Boréal has granted some 300 diplomas in the Veterinary Technician Program at Alfred. True to its mission, Collège Boréal is proud of its leadership and role in contributing to the development and sustainability of Ontario’s Francophone community. Collège Boréal is committed to increasing access to postsecondary education in French in northern, central and southwestern Ontario.”

Pierre Riopel

President, Collège Boréal

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