Ontario Invests In New Centre For French-Language Education At York University



    McGuinty Government Providing More Access To French-Language
    Postsecondary Programs

    TORONTO, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - The Ontario government is investing in the
expansion of York University's Glendon Campus to create a Centre of Excellence
for French language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education.
    The government is investing $20 million in the centre, which will provide
better access to French-language higher education for francophone learners in
southern Ontario and strengthen the delivery of collaborative French-language
college and university programs. This investment will also allow Collège
Boréal to work with York University to expand its enrolment through new
collaborative programs and pathways between the two institutions.
    "Ontario's more than 20,000 Francophone learners enrolled in
postsecondary programs - plus those considering studies in French - will have
a wider range of programs to choose from, thanks to this new centre at York
University," said John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and
Universities. "Our investment will provide more opportunities for
French-speaking learners to strive for and achieve excellence."
    "The collaboration between Boréal and Glendon opens up new training
possibilities not only for Francophones, but also for the large number of
Anglophone or bilingual students that have an interest in acquiring new skills
in their second language or in broadening their horizons by learning French,"
said Francophone Affairs Minister Madeleine Meilleur.
    "This partnership will benefit students not only in Toronto but across
the province," said Kathleen Wynne, MPP for Don Valley West. "Our government
is committed to continuing to promote and invest in French-Language education
in Ontario."
    Funding for the new centre is part of the $1.4-billion strategic
infrastructure investment outlined in the government's Fall Economic
Statement. The investment is aimed at improving Ontario's competitiveness and
stimulating job creation and economic growth.
    The investment in strategic infrastructure also includes funding for
campus renewal projects. York University is receiving $12.6 million to renew
its campus facilities.
    "This announcement is great news for York and great news for
French-language and bilingual post-secondary education in Ontario," said
Mamdouh Shoukri, President and Vice-Chancellor of York University. "Building
this Centre of Excellence will help us educate Canada's future leaders. As our
world becomes more globalized, language skills are an increasingly important
tool for university graduates, and York is committed to helping our students
develop that advantage."
    Learn more about York University's Glendon Campus. Explore what you can
do after high school.

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                     GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN NEW CENTRE FOR
                   FRENCH-LANGUAGE POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION
    

    In the Fall Economic Statement, the government announced a $1.4-billion
investment in strategic infrastructure to encourage economic activity, create
short-term jobs, help municipalities and enhance Ontario's competitiveness.
    As part of the funding for strategic infrastructure projects, the Ontario
government is investing $20 million to establish a new Centre of Excellence
for Francophone and Bilingual Postsecondary Education at York University's
Glendon Campus. This investment is expected to create roughly 200 jobs.
    The new centre will provide better access to French-language higher
education for francophone students in southern Ontario and strengthen the
delivery of French-language college and university programs. The centre will
also help York University establish new ties with francophone colleges in
Ontario such as Collège Boréal.
    York University's enrolment at Glendon has risen from 1,700 in 2001 to
2,500 in 2007. Collège Boréal already offers two college programs on the
Glendon campus. With this investment, York University will not only provide
additional space for its own expansion, but also allow for Collège Boréal's
enrolment to rise to 150 learners, through new collaborative programs and
pathways between the two institutions.
    The Fall Economic Statement also included $200 million in funding for
campus renewal projects that improve energy efficiency, campus safety, and a
variety of infrastructure renewal projects. York University is receiving
$12.6 million to renew its campus facilities.
    Including today's announcement, the Ontario government has provided over
$80 million to York University to support capital projects since 2004.
    This funding is part of the government's ReNew Ontario multi-year
$30-billion infrastructure investment strategy. Other recent investments under
this strategy include:

    
    -   A $365 million investment in the 2007 Budget to support quality
        improvements at colleges and universities
    -   $40 million provided to colleges and universities annually through
        the Facilities Renewal Program
    -   $30 million provided in 2006 through the Economic Stimulus Package to
        colleges in areas of the province where economic growth was slower
        than anticipated
    -   $180 million provided between 2003 and 2006 for new buildings and
        renovations, providing spaces for 21,000 more students.

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For further information:

For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-5748; Kevin Dove, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Public Inquiries:
(416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892

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