French-language education is strengthened through investments in new schools and a new French-language university governed by and for francophones
Access to francophone education is key to preserving and strengthening French language and culture.
In 2014, you elected us to build Ontario up. Since then, the Ontario Liberal government has invested more than $500 million over the past five years to build and upgrade more than 60 French-language schools across the province. It is investing more than $80 million in 2018-19 to support five new French-language schools, acquire one and upgrade an additional three. These projects will include new licensed child care spaces.
We are creating l’Université de l’Ontario français, which will be governed by and for francophones in Toronto.
But we need to do more. We must take the next steps to make Ontario’s first French-language university a reality. We must address the shortage of French-language teachers in our province.
That’s why the Ontario Liberals will continue to invest in francophone education. Our plan will:
- Take the next steps to establish l’Université de l’Ontario français, ready to develop programs and accept students
- Take the next steps to develop a provincial, national, and international strategy to promote how to become qualified to teach in French-language school boards in Ontario
- Encourage newcomers to seek out employment opportunities in French-language education in Ontario
- Continue to work with stakeholders in the education community to better align recruitment efforts with teaching needs