uOttawa supports bilingual status for City of Ottawa

Posted on Monday, September 26, 2016

The Board of Governors of the University of Ottawa passed a resolution tonight, whereby “the University of Ottawa, whose official purpose is to further the development of bilingualism and biculturalism, supports the initiative to officially recognize the bilingual status of the City of Ottawa.”

Under its 1965 University act, the University of Ottawa has a mission “to further bilingualism and biculturalism and to preserve and develop French culture in Ontario.” Supporting an official recognition of the City of Ottawa as a bilingual city is consistent with this mission.  

Since its founding in 1848, the University of Ottawa has educated generations of community leaders in both official languages. Whether or not the City of Ottawa is recognized as bilingual will not affect uOttawa’s desire to work for and support the francophone community and bilingualism, which stems from its mission and its values.

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