CMEC releases the Pan-Canadian Interim Report on Official Languages in Education

    TORONTO, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada
CMEC) released today the Pan-Canadian Interim Report on Official Languages in
Education. Compiled jointly by the provinces and territories through CMEC, and
funded by the Government of Canada, the report is for the public and describes
the achievement of outcomes called for in the provincial/territorial action
plans for official languages in education between 2005-06 and 2006-07.
    "Official languages in education are key priorities for all ministers of
education, as put forward in our joint declaration Learn Canada 2020," said
the Honourable Kelly Lamrock, Chair of CMEC and Minister of Education for New
Brunswick. "The Interim Report illustrates in detail our efforts to improve
the quality of minority-language education and second- language instruction,"
added the minister.
    The report also highlights the historical cooperation of
provincial/territorial governments and the federal government in an area of
provincial/territorial jurisdiction. Since 1983, the federal government has
provided, through the Protocol for Agreements for Minority-Language Education
and Second-Language Instruction, contributions to the costs incurred by
provinces and territories in the delivery of minority-language education and
second-language instruction. The protocol for 2005-06 to 2008-09 commits the
Department of Canadian Heritage to providing $1.02 billion in funding to
provinces and territories over four years.
    The protocol also commits each province and territory to negotiating with
the federal government a separate cost-shared bilateral agreement, under which
each province and territory has developed a multi-year action plan for 2005-06
to 2008-09.

    The report, the first of two reports called for under the Protocol for
2005-06 to 2008-09, provides an update on the action plans and includes for
each province and territory

    -   a description of the achievement of action-plan outcomes for
        minority-language education and for second-language instruction, at
        all levels, in 2005-06 and 2006-07
    -   tables indicating each jurisdiction's contribution and the federal
        government's contributions to minority-language education and
        second-language instruction in 2005-06 and 2006-07

    "For more than 40 years, the Government of Canada has worked with the
provinces and territories to advance linguistic duality education while
respecting their jurisdiction. Today, for the first time, we are taking a
common approach to let Canadians know about the advances in official languages
education," said the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and
Official Languages. "In addition to highlighting interesting initiatives, this
important information illustrates the variety of ways we can achieve our
shared educational ideals." said Minister Moore.
    The report is available online at (PDF, 6Mb).

    CMEC is an intergovernmental body composed of the ministers responsible
for elementary-secondary and advanced education from the provinces and
territories. Through CMEC, ministers share information and undertake projects
in areas of mutual interest and concern.

For further information:

For further information: Tamara Davis, Tel.: (416) 962-8100, ext. 241,
E-mail :, Web site:; Deirdra McCracken, Directrice
des communications, Cabinet du ministre du Patrimoine canadien et des Langues
officielles, (819) 997-7788,; Relations avec les
médias: Patrimoine canadien, (819) 994-9101, 1-866-569-6155

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