McGuinty Government Helps More Francophone Students Access Postsecondary
TORONTO, Aug. 12 /CNW/ -
The McGuinty Government is investing $3.5 million to increase university
access for Francophone students in the North by funding a new campus for
Collège de Hearst in Timmins.
This investment will assist Hearst (http://www.uhearst.ca/) in building a
new, permanent campus replacing current leased facilities in Timmins. The new
campus will be on the same site as the new Collège Boréal campus currently
being built in Timmins, adjacent to Ecole secondaire catholique Thériault.
The addition of the Collège de Hearst facilities to the joint campus will
create a French-language education hub in Timmins, offering secondary school
diplomas, colleges diplomas, skills training and university degrees from one
There are currently about 2,400 French-language secondary students in
this region of northeastern Ontario, making up about 40 per cent of the total
secondary school enrolment. Students from the local public and Catholic school
boards in the region will benefit from improved access to a variety of
postsecondary programs that will be offered out of the new facilities.
"Collège de Hearst has a long and proud history providing excellent
university programs to the Francophone community of northeastern Ontario. New,
modern, permanent facilities in Timmins will help Hearst and Collège Boréal
better meet the postsecondary needs of this community well into the future,"
said Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy
"Investing in high-quality French-language education in northeastern
Ontario is essential for the well-being of Franco-Ontarians. This is great
news for Timmins and Collège de Hearst, and it demonstrates the provincial
government's commitment to ensuring that the francophone communities of
Ontario are given opportunities to grow, prosper and enjoy an even better
quality of life," said Minister of Francophone Affairs, Madeleine Meilleur.
"This is great news for our students and for the entire community of
Timmins and the region," said Raymond Tremblay, President of Collège de
Hearst. "It will enable us to continue to provide excellent services in the
- In 2007-08, funding for French-language postsecondary education in
Ontario totalled $79.5 million, up about 55 per cent over 2003-04.
- Collège de Hearst is affiliated with Laurentian University in Sudbury
and currently offers 23 full programs to French-language students in
northeastern Ontario, with campuses in Hearst, Timmins and
- Since 2002-03, Collège de Hearst has received almost $1.9 million
from Ontario to update equipment and maintain, improve and build
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INVESTING IN FRANCOPHONE STUDENTS IN THE NORTH
A Francophone learning centre now under development in Timmins is being
expanded to include a new, permanent campus for Collège de Hearst. The centre
will also include the existing Ecole secondaire catholique Thériault and a new
Timmins campus for Collège Boréal.
With the addition of Hearst, an affiliate college of Laurentian
University in Sudbury, the new facilities will offer French-language students
across the region access to secondary school diplomas, college diplomas and
university degrees - all at one location.
Hearst previously offered university programs in Timmins out of leased
facilities, as well as its campuses in the Town of Hearst and Kapuskasing.
Collège de Hearst was founded in 1953 to make university programs
available to the North's Francophone community - currently there are about
2,400 French-language secondary students in northeastern Ontario.
The Ontario government will invest $3.5 million by boosting Hearst's
annual funding by $151,000 to cover the additional costs.
SUPPORT FOR FRENCH-LANGUAGE POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION
Ontario has a large and dynamic Francophone community, currently served
by two French-language colleges - La Cité collégiale in Ottawa and Collège
Boréal in Sudbury. There are also six bilingual universities or affiliated
colleges offering French-language programs:
- University of Ottawa
- St. Paul University (federated with the University of Ottawa)
- Laurentian University
- University of Sudbury (federated with Laurentian University)
- Hearst College (affiliated with Laurentian University)
- York University's Glendon College
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Dominican College and
Alfred College (University of Guelph) also offer French-language postsecondary
The Advisory Committee on French-Language Postsecondary Education
provides the government with strategic advice on how to improve access for
francophone students to postsecondary education and training programs.
A French-Language Continued Learning Unit at the Ministry of Training,
Colleges and Universities has been established. It develops comprehensive
strategic plans for French-language postsecondary and training and helps guide
government targets for new program development and funding.
INVESTING IN STUDENTS
Investing in the skills and knowledge of Ontarians is a cornerstone of
the government's plan to strengthen the economy. Together with its partners in
education, the government is working to ensure students have the support and
the tools they need to succeed.
New postsecondary and training investments in the 2008 Budget include:
- $20M in the expansion of York University's Glendon Campus to create a
centre of excellence for French-language and bilingual postsecondary
- $560 million over three years to expand and improve training and
apprenticeship programs across the province
- $465 million over three years to provide more support for students,
including $385 million for Textbook and Technology grants and
$27 million for Distance Grants to help students in remote areas with
- $200 million in 2007-08 to maintain and upgrade university facilities
- $79.5 million in funding was provided jointly by the Ontario and
federal governments in 2007-08 for specialized support for Ontario's
French colleges and bilingual universities. This is an increase of
about 55 per cent over 2003-04.
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For further information:
For further information: Emily Durst, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1628;
Greg Flood, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746