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Ontario Strengthens French-Language Postsecondary Education

La Cité collégiale Becomes a Designated French Language Service Provider

Ministry of Francophone Affairs

Ontario has designated La Cité collégiale in Ottawa a French-language service provider under the French Language Services Act. 

La Cité has been offering French-language postsecondary educational programs to its Francophone students and community stakeholders since 1989. This designation officially recognizes the French-language services the institution provides.

Ensuring French-language services such as postsecondary education in French is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

Quick Facts

  • La Cité collégiale is the third postsecondary institution to be designated under the French Language Services Act. The designation came into effect on January 1, 2014.
  • In total, 232 agencies and organizations are designated under the Act.
  • In 2013, the province expanded the Ontario Distance Grant to approximately 1,000 more Francophone students to create more opportunities to study in French.
  • La Cité collégiale’s designation builds on recent initiatives to improve access to French-language postsecondary education in Ontario such as the Action Plan for French-language Postsecondary Education services in central and southwestern Ontario.
  • The Ontario government has increased funding to French-language postsecondary education by more than 62 per cent since 2003-04.

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“This designation recognizes La Cité collégiale’s strong commitment to providing high-quality French-language services. These efforts support the continued development of Ontario’s Francophone community.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs

“Our government is committed to ensuring all Ontarians have access to high-quality postsecondary education. Helping Francophone students succeed in their own language means greater access to the training and education needed to land good jobs, diversify our workforce, and create a stronger economy.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“The designation of La Cité — le collège d'arts appliqués et de technologie — commits us to furthering our efforts to increase our offerings of high-quality French-language postsecondary training programs, and thus contribute to the continued vitality of the Franco-Ontarian community.”

Lise Cloutier

Chair of the Board of Directors, La Cité collégiale

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