Ontario is proposing a French-language university, the first of its kind in the province.
According to the province, while consulting with the francophone community, the French-language University Planning Board has provided recommendations to the government for the creation of a French-language university in Central and Southwestern Ontario, governed by and for Francophones.
And after a review, the province will be accepting recommendations of the report and intends to introduce legislation for the creation of the proposed university in the coming months.
“Francophone culture and the French language have always been essential to Ontario’s identity and prosperity. This is strongly reaffirmed today with the government’s intent to provide high-quality postsecondary education to Francophone students,” said Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Francophone Affairs, in a statement. “The creation of a new French-language university, governed by and for Francophones, is a critical milestone for Franco-Ontarians and future generations.”
Ontario is home to 611,500 Francophones — the largest population in Canada outside of Québec – with central and southwestern Ontario home to the fastest growing Francophone population. In the GTA, a total of 430,000 people speak French, which makes it the fourth most important centre of French-language speakers in Canada.