Government of Ontario report on the creation of a Francophone university

Posted on Monday, August 28, 2017

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Here is the statement released by Jacques Frémont, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, in response to the publication of the report entitled From Local Innovation to Global Excellence: Proposal for a French-Language University in Ontario that deals with the creation of a French-language university in the province:

First, as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, I would like to thank the Government of Ontario, and particularly the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development Deb Matthews and the Minister of Francophone Affairs Marie-France Lalonde, for this report on the possible creation of a French-language university in Ontario. The University of Ottawa has repeatedly stated that it wishes to be part of the solution in this matter, which is why I am delighted to see that the report recommends that the University of Ottawa be designated to mentor the future university and partner with it to offer programs delivered in French in several fields of strategic importance to Francophones in Southwestern Ontario.

This report, which offers a vibrant vision of the new university and of Ontario’s Francophone communities, contains some elements of interest to the University of Ottawa. Consequently, I will be taking all the time necessary before commenting on the report, which I will be discussing with members of our Board of Governors and Senate, along with members of our University community.

That said, the University of Ottawa reaffirms that it intends to continue to work with the Government of Ontario in order to properly serve, in every academic discipline, members of the Francophone community throughout the province.

In the coming days, we will welcome on campus nearly 13,000 Francophone students hailing from Central and Southwest and all across Ontario, as well as from elsewhere in Canada and around the world. They will be enrolled in some 500 programs delivered in French. These students will become leaders in their respective communities, particularly within Francophone communities in Ontario and Canada.

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