McGuinty Government Helping To Build New Campus For Collège Boréal In Timmins



    Provincial Investment Will Expand French-Language Postsecondary
    Opportunities

    TIMMINS, ON, Aug. 29 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is expanding access
to postsecondary education for French-language students in Northeastern
Ontario by supporting the construction of a new Collège Boréal campus in
Timmins, Madeleine Meilleur, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs
announced today on behalf of Chris Bentley, Minister of Training, Colleges and
Universities.
    "Building a new Collège Boréal campus is a big win for Timmins," said
Meilleur. "We're moving Ontario forward together by creating new opportunities
for French-language postsecondary education in the northeast - so that our
young people can study closer to home in French and get the skills they need
for a bright and prosperous future."
    The McGuinty government is financing a $7.5 Million contribution towards
the $11.5 Million new Timmins campus for Collège Boréal. The new facilities
will be built on the same site as Ecole secondaire catholique Thériault, the
largest French-language secondary school in Ontario. The new campus will
accommodate Boréal's 150 current Timmins students and provide space for new
students and programs. Adult literacy and other community access programming
will be offered through these new facilities. The government has increased its
investment in French-language postsecondary education by 47 per cent to
$72.1 Million annually since 2003-04.
    "Collège Boréal would like to thank the Government of Ontario for its
commitment to the francophone community," said Denis Hubert, President of
Collège Boréal. "Today's announcement will ensure a continuum of
French-language education which will result in increased enrolment and
graduation rates amongst francophone students, a higher-skilled workforce for
sustainable economic development in the Timmins region, an increased
participation of at-risk youth and a better transition from secondary to
postsecondary studies."
    "This financial contribution is all the more significant for Collège
Boréal since it is part of a formative project that involves, around a set of
common issues, all of the francophone stakeholders in the Timmins area," said
Georges Ansell, chair of Collège Boréal's Board of Governors.
    There are 600 annual graduates from French-language secondary schools in
northeastern Ontario between Temiskaming Shores and Hearst - half of them in
Timmins - who will benefit from greater postsecondary opportunity in their
region.
    "The Conseil scolaire catholique de district des Grandes Rivières is
grateful to the Ministries for the construction of a new campus in Timmins for
Collège Boréal," said Isabelle Charbonneau, chair of the Conseil scolaire
catholique de district des Grandes Rivières. "We are delighted that the
Ministries are taking action to address the growing needs in postsecondary
education of Catholic francophone students in Northeastern Ontario!"
    "The announcement of a Collège Boréal campus opening in Timmins is
excellent news for the francophone population of Ontario and in particular for
students who will have the opportunity to pursue their studies in French,"
said Robert Poirier, chair of the Conseil scolaire de district du Nord-Est de
l'Ontario. "On their behalf, we would like to thank the Ministries and the
government for their efforts."
    "We've made progress since our government started by adding 86,000 more
students to Ontario's colleges and universities and increasing funding for
French-language postsecondary education by 47 per cent to $72.1 Million," said
Bentley. "But there is always more to do. That's why we're helping to build a
new postsecondary campus in Timmins to create even more postsecondary
opportunity."

    
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           ENSURING GREATER ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY FRENCH-LANGUAGE
               PROGRAMS FOR FRANCOPHONE POSTSECONDARY STUDENTS
    

    As the province with the largest francophone community outside Quebec,
Ontario has more than 100,000 French-language learners at all levels of
education. In 2005-06, 16,700 students were enrolled in French-language
postsecondary education, with more than 12,300 in the province's six bilingual
universities and close to 4,400 in the two French-language colleges.
Currently, there are about 100 different French-language programs at colleges
and 150 at universities.
    There are about 2,400 French-language secondary students, representing
about 40 per cent of the high school students in northeastern Ontario. Collège
Boréal's new campus will be located next to Ecole secondaire catholique
Thériault - the largest French-language secondary program in Ontario.
    In 2007-08, the Ontario government is increasing French-language
postsecondary education funding by $18.94 million over 2003-04 to create new
programs and courses, improve integration of services between institutions,
expand student participation and enhance the quality of French-language
postsecondary programs.
    This funding includes $5.7 million for francophone access-related
activities through the Access to Opportunities strategy. The McGuinty
government is committing $20 million in 2007-08, rising to $55 million by
2009-10, to help postsecondary institutions deliver programs that improve
access for francophones, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and
those who would be the first in their families to attend college or
university.
    The Ontario government established an Advisory Committee on
French-language Postsecondary Education in January 2006. This committee
provides ongoing advice to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
on how to improve the participation and success of francophone students in
French-language postsecondary education.
    The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has also established
a French-Language Continued Learning Unit that will develop comprehensive
strategic plans for French-language postsecondary education and training in
Ontario. The strategy will include a detailed analysis of gaps in the current
French-language postsecondary education and training system in Ontario and set
specific program enhancement targets that will help guide future government
investment.
    These efforts support the government's commitment to French-language
education beginning with the elementary and secondary levels and continued
through the postsecondary level.
    The McGuinty Government is committed to working with the federal
government to ensure Ontario receives its fair share of funding under the
federal Official Languages in Education Program.
    Providing more access to quality French-language education for
francophone students is the latest way the McGuinty government is working to
provide opportunity for Ontario's students. Under the Reaching Higher Plan,
the McGuinty government has achieved results:

    
    -   Funding 86,000 more student spaces compared to four years ago, a
        22 percent increase;
    -   Doubling investment in student aid by 2009-10 to help more families
        with the cost of higher education - including three times as many
        grants benefiting 145,000 students this year;
    -   Investing 27 per cent more in colleges and universities in 2007-08
        compared to 2004-05 - about $900 million more per year for more
        faculty, staff, student services and equipment.

    Contact:
    Tanya Blazina
    Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
    416-325-2746

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For further information:

For further information: Sheamus Murphy, Minister's Office, (416)
325-7215; Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, Ministry of Training, Colleges
and Universities, (416) 325-2746; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or
1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892

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