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More Options for Ontario's Francophone Students

Ontario Government Offering More Support to Study and Train in French

Office of the Premier

Premier Kathleen Wynne visited the University of Ottawa today, where she announced new support that will help more Francophone students study in French in the field of their choice. 

Starting in 2013-14, Ontario's Francophone students who travel a minimum of 80 kilometres to attend full-time studies in French will qualify for the Ontario Distance Grant, no matter where they live in the province. The grant will expand opportunities for approximately 1,000 more Francophone students to study in French anywhere in Ontario.

The government is committed to supporting a prosperous Francophone community in Ontario through initiatives in education, health and culture.

Measures like this one will help give Francophone students more opportunities to succeed, helping them find great jobs and helping them with their everyday lives. 

Quick Facts

  • Currently, the Ontario Distance Grant helps OSAP-eligible students who live more than 80 kilometres away from the closest publicly assisted Ontario postsecondary institution offset their commuting or travelling costs.
  • There are two types of Distance Grants: the Travel Grant offers $300 per study year for students who live away from their parent’s home, and the Commuting Grant, which provides $500 per term of study for students who commute to their postsecondary institution.
  • In 2012-13, Ontario provided $5 million in Distance Grants to support commuting and travelling costs for 13,000 students from remote and rural areas.
  • In 2011-12, Ontario invested $85.5 million in French-language postsecondary education, including $15.7 million in federal support under the Official Languages in Education program. This is an increase of more than 66 per cent since 2003-2004.

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“Every young person deserves access to the same opportunities. As part of our plan to create a prosperous and fair Ontario, we want to make it easier for Ontario Francophones to access postsecondary programs of their choice in French.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario

“These changes to the Ontario Distance Grant are part of the government’s plan to create a supportive environment that allows Francophone students to learn and succeed in their own language and give them better access to good jobs, building a stronger economy.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“The grant will create more options for Francophone students, apprentices and other learners, and increase the vitality of Ontario’s French-language postsecondary education and training network.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs



Education and Training Government