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Ontario Strengthens French-Language Services at the University of Ottawa

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Ontario Strengthens French-Language Services at the University of Ottawa

University Granted Partial Designation under French Language Services Act

On Franco-Ontarian Day, the province is reaffirming its commitment to deliver high-quality postsecondary education to francophone students by officially recognizing the University of Ottawa as a provider of French-language services.

The province is granting the University of Ottawa's request for partial designation as a French-language service provider under the French Language Services Act. While the institution already offers a number of undergraduate programs, graduate programs and academic services in French, the partial designation will legally require the University of Ottawa to do so going forward.

The new designation will come into effect on January 1, 2016, and will formalize the university's commitment to serve francophones in their language, including the more than 11,500 francophone students currently enrolled at the University of Ottawa.

In 2014-15, the government invested more than $88 million to support French-language postsecondary education, including over $13 million from the federal government -- an increase of more than 72 per cent since 2003-04.

Ensuring that francophones have access to services such as postsecondary education in French is a part of the government's plan to build Ontario up by making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history, investing in people's talents and skills, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • The University of Ottawa is the second bilingual university to be designated under the French Language Services Act and the fifth postsecondary institution to obtain either a full or partial designation.
  • In total, 239 transfer payment agencies or similar entities are designated under the Act. Most of these organizations had been providing services in French for a number of years prior to their designation.
  • More than 611,000 francophones live in Ontario - the largest French-speaking community in Canada outside Québec.
  • The University of Ottawa currently offers a number of French-language programs and services, including undergraduate programs in the faculties of Law, Social Sciences, Education, Arts (except the Department of English), Health Sciences, Telfer School of Management and Faculty of Medicine, some undergraduate programs in the faculties of Science and Engineering, academic services provided to students in each of the designated programs and other services provided to students by the university, except for sports programs and clubs.

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“This designation recognizes the University of Ottawa’s ongoing commitment to provide francophones and francophiles with unique opportunities to pursue their studies in French. This designation will have a significant and positive impact on the development of Ontario’s francophone community and the future of all Ontarians.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs

Reza Moridi

“On Franco-Ontarian Day and in a year where our province is celebrating 400 years of francophone presence, our government is proud to grant the University of Ottawa partial designation as a French-language service provider. We recognize the importance of providing students in Ontario with a world-class French-language postsecondary education in a francophone environment, and I look forward to further enhancing our partnership with the French-language community to unlock the potential of a world-class education.”

Reza Moridi

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“French-language education is at the heart of our institution and we are committed to serve the community by giving young francophones an opportunity to study in French and reach their potential. This designation is a clear testament to the steadfast work we have accomplished year after year.”

Allan Rock

President, University of Ottawa

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