Rural Youth To Benefit From Educational Home
McGuinty Government Invests In Innovative Training Program In Eastern Ontario
Ontario is helping students in rural eastern Ontario further their education and complete their secondary school diploma in an alternative "home" setting.
The province is investing $170,827 to help La Coopérative de la Maison familiale rurale franco-ontarienne Inc. provide students with room and board, social activities and educational, cultural and practical training within the rural, agricultural and commercial workforce.
The funding is part of the Rural Economic Development Program.
- Since 2003, Ontario has invested $71.4 million in 212 projects through the Rural Economic Development Program.
- The Maison Familiale Rurale alternative training program is successfully used in over 40 countries around the world.
“An alternative educational residence that focuses on the specific needs of rural youth will provide them with the practical training that they need to integrate successfully in the local labour market.”
“The Franco Ontarian "Maison Familiale Rurale" will be the first of its kind in Ontario. This project will help increase rural Ontario's high-school graduation rate and will help retain youth within the communities. The project will also contribute in creating a much needed qualified, agricultural labour force.”