College and university consortium react positively to the new official language plan

    OTTAWA, June 19 /CNW/ - The announcement of a new plan d'action for
linguistic minorities was met today with a positive reaction from the
Consortium national de formation en santé. The consortium is a collection of
ten colleges and universities which provide French language education to
students studying medicine and health related specializations.
    "Thousands of francophone students have been able to pursue careers in
health related professions because of federal funding under the plan
d'action," said Andrée Lortie, co-chair of the CNFS and president of La Cité
collégiale. "The renewal of this funding will make possible an expansion of
this initiative, directly attacking Canada's serious shortage of medical and
health professionals."
    The Consortium national de formation en santé is a success story. In the
five years, more than 3,200 students have enrolled in new courses ranging from
medicine to advanced paramedics, radiology, nursing and many more, all made
possible with funding from Health Canada.
    "In recent months we have been meeting with elected leaders and officials
to demonstrate the great success the CNFS has been," said Yvon Fontaine,
co-chair of the CNFS and rector of the l'Université de Moncton. "Our strong
appeal has been for a renewed commitment to official languages which would
make funding available to Health Canada to renew and expand this critical
    "We have been gratified by the number of political figures who have
understood both the benefits to francophone students in being able to study in
their own regions, as well as the importance to francophone communities of
access to health services delivered in their own language. The Minister's
announcement today demonstrates that our message was heard."

For further information:

For further information: Mr. Yvon Fontaine, Copresident of the CNFS and
Rector, l'Université de Moncton, (506) 858-4111; Mrs. Andrée Lortie,
Copresident of the CNFS and President, La Cité collégiale, (613) 742-2483 ext.

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