TORONTO, June 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario's French Language Services
Commissioner is asking the provincial government to implement
legislative and regulatory changes that would facilitate the transfer,
between school boards, of unused land and properties declared surplus.
The Commissioner's request is contained in a document that was
published today entitled Investigation Report — French-language schools in the Greater Toronto Area: When the most
elementary becomes secondary.
The report stems from a series of complaints from parents citing a lack
of French-language schools in Toronto, particularly at the secondary
level. According to these parents, this situation forces them to choose
between a long commute to often overcrowded French-language schools or
transferring their children to the English sector.
"Our investigation has confirmed that the number of French-language
schools in Toronto is proportionally inferior to the Francophone
population," said Commissioner François Boileau.
"This situation is particularly frustrating for families living in
neighbourhoods where there are available surplus schools. The
acquisition process must be reviewed, improved and more transparent."
The Commissioner's investigation has revealed several flaws in Regulation 444/98, which governs the sale of surplus school properties, including several
barriers posed by the self-interest of school boards.
The Commissioner is calling for changes that would support more
effective and efficient transactions between school boards.
The Commissioner recommends that the Ministry better support
collaborative projects by French-language school boards and provide
incentives for joint capital projects.
The Commissioner is also asking the Ministry to identify the need for
French-language schools using the Inclusive Definition of Francophone
(IDF), which includes Ontarians whose mother tongue is neither English
nor French but who speak French at home.
Read our investigation report at www.flsc.gov.on.ca in the PUBLICATIONS section.
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SOURCE Office of the French Language Services Commissioner
For further information:
Gyula Kovacs, Public Relations and Communications Officer
Office of the French Language Services Commissioner
Phone: (416) 314-8247 or 1-866-246-5262 (toll free)