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Ontario moving forward with a French-language university

Posted on 09 September 2017 by admin

The provincial government is finally moving forward with a plan to create Ontario’s first French-language university — likely in downtown Toronto.

Just call it Sorbonne-tario.

The provincial government is moving forward on a plan to create Ontario’s first French-language university — likely in downtown Toronto.

Advanced Education and Skills Development Minister Deb Matthews announced Monday that Queen’s Park will soon introduce legislation for the proposed post-secondary institution.

“This is a tremendous step forward in the creation of the first standalone French-language university in Ontario,” Matthews said in a statement.

The minister said it would be “governed by and for francophones (and) … will provide access to high-quality French-language university education in the Greater Toronto Area and Central and Southwestern Ontario.”

While it will be some time before Ontario is home to anything that can rival the three Parisian universities that make up the Sorbonne, it’s a significant announcement for the province’s 611,500 francophones.

“Francophone culture and the French language have always been essential to Ontario’s identity and prosperity,” said Francophone Affairs Minister Marie-France Lalonde.

“This is strongly reaffirmed today with the government’s intent to provide high-quality postsecondary education to francophone students. The creation of a new French-language university, governed by and for francophones, is a critical milestone for Franco-Ontarians and future generations,” said Lalonde.

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