Université de l’Ontario français, the first French-language university in Ontario, will receive C$126 million in joint provincial and Canada federal government investment over eight years.
In September last year, the federal government of Canada and the provincial government of Ontario committed to establish and continue to support the Université de l’Ontario français (UOF).
Last week, the provincial and federal governments signed the eight-year funding agreement of C$126 million between the two governments.
Under the agreement set by the memorandum of understanding, Canada will fund the university’s start-up phase, and then the amount will be matched by Ontario’s government, who will begin investments in 2023-2024.
The funding agreement represents the latest step in the governments’ joint commitment to establish the university.
The historic funding agreement was signed by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, the Honourable Ross Romano, Ontario Minister of Colleges and Universities, and the Honourable Caroline Mulroney, Ontario Minister of Francophone Affairs, who represented the two governments.
Université de l’Ontario français to strengthen Francophone community
This is the first French-language university in Ontario – established with Ontario’s 620,000 Francophones in mind.
Commenting on the establishment of the French-language university, Caroline Mulroney, Ontario’s Minister of Francophone Affairs, said: “The Université de l’Ontario français is an important and long-awaited project, critical to future generations of Franco-Ontarians.
“The new university is a great example of our government’s commitment to strengthening the Francophone community, investing in its future and ensuring the community’s continued contribution to Ontario’s prosperity.”
‘Historic’ moment for Franco-Ontarians and Francophones across Canada
Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, has likewise celebrated this agreement and its historic significance: “This is an historic day for Franco-Ontarians and Francophones all across Canada.
“It is an unprecedented step that will make a difference in the lives of thousands of Canadians who will now have the opportunity to pursue higher education entirely in French here in the provincial capital and will unite Francophones from all regions of our country.”
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