Statement on the Appointment of Dr. Dyane Adam as Chair of the Planning Board for French-language University
Today, Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, and Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Government and Consumer Services and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, issued the following statement:
"Our government is moving forward on its plan to increase access to French-language postsecondary education for Ontario students.
In response to the report of the Advisory Committee on French-language Postsecondary Education in Central Southwestern Ontario, we have established a planning board and selected Dr. Dyane Adam to serve as the Chair. She will lead the board as it explores options for a French-language university in central and southwestern Ontario, such as affiliation and programming. We have asked the board to report back to government by spring 2017.
Further responding to the report's recommendations, we are hiring an independent third party to conduct a study on student interest and market demand for a French-language university. The study will help the government and the planning board determine the size and range of programs to be offered in central and southwestern Ontario.
Our government shares with Francophone student associations and other stakeholders the goal of meeting the growing need for French-language postsecondary education programs in Ontario.
This is an important step forward in providing Ontario's Francophone students with access to high-quality French-language university education."