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Ontario Government Commits to Implementing French-Language University

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Ontario Government Commits to Implementing French-Language University

Ensuring Long-Term Viability of l'Université de l'Ontario français

TORONTO - Ontario is working with the interim Board of Governors to ensure the success of the new French-language university, l'Université de l'Ontario français.

The interim board will develop policies, comparable to those of all other publicly funded universities, to ensure the new university meets the needs of Francophone students and the community, and deliver value for money for Ontarians.  The government will continue to support the interim board and the university, aiming to transition to a permanent board in early 2019.

"Our government is fully committed to the success of the Université de l'Ontario français," said Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Merrilee Fullerton. "The university will be a viable and vibrant place of learning for the Francophone community in the future."

"We recognize the importance of this new university for Ontario's Francophone community and we want to give it the attention and support it deserves," said Francophone Affairs Minister Mulroney. "We also want to work with the university to focus on the needs of Francophone students and the community."

Ontario is home to more than 620,000 Francophones — the largest population in Canada outside of Québec — with Central and Southwestern Ontario home to a fast-growing Francophone population. The new university will offer a range of university degrees and education, entirely in French. 

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