Poll: Majority of Franco-Ontarians support the University of Sudbury | Crisis at Laurentian University

The survey was conducted among 501 French-speakers, who were asked, among other things, for their views on the Ontario government’s financial support for the University of Sudbury.

Nearly two-thirds of respondents – 65.9% – believe that “the county should fund the francisation of the University of Sudbury to increase the provision of post-secondary education”.

The University of Sudbury, formerly federated with Laurentian University, has chosen to become autonomous and fully French-speaking. But she has not yet received public funding to resume her teaching activities.

the NDP, the Liberal Party and the Green Party pledge to fund the establishment if they win the June 2 election. They even support a transfer of French programs from Laurentian University to the University of Sudbury.

The Progressive Conservative Party has not yet made a financial commitment on this. The outgoing government points out that it has forwarded the University of Sudbury’s file to the Commission for the Evaluation of the Quality of Post-Secondary Education, which will waiting for recommendations

The NDP, Liberal Party and Green Party pledge to fund Sudbury University if they win the June 2 election so it can resume its teaching activities.

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Just over 18% of respondents oppose county funding to the University of Sudbury, while nearly 16% have no clear opinion on the subject.

For the Rector of the University of Sudbury, Serge Miville, these results: show that all the work we have done to promote this social project has paid off

He especially emphasizes thesignificant support what the project delivered from the young people surveyed: 70.7% of respondents aged 18 to 34 are in favor of granting provincial funding to the University of Sudbury.

I really see a group of people here who see this project with great hope, which is a unifying project.

A quote from Serge Miville, Rector of the University of Sudbury
Serge Miville wears glasses and a black jacket.

Serge Miville is the Rector of the University of Sudbury.

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Support for the University of Sudbury doesn’t just come from Northern Ontario: 73.5% of respondents from Eastern Ontario believe the province should fund the establishment.

The president of the Ottawa ACFO, Soukaina Boutiyeb, sees these results as evidence that: Francophones in Eastern Ontario [ne sont] not focused on [eux-mêmes]

We want to ensure that French-speaking services and rights are given to everyone, regardless of the region we are in, she says. She also recalls that in 2014 the States General on post-secondary education in French in Ontario concluded that: Doesn’t matter where [ils sont] in Ontario, French speakers should have access to an adequate supply of French courses

Soukaina Boutiyeb

Soukaina Boutiyeb is the chairman of the ACFO of Ottawa.

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Facing significant financial difficulties, Laurentian University canceled 29 programs in French, or about half of its original offer, in April 2021.

More Claimed Programs at the University of Ottawa

A majority of respondents – 78.7% – also believe that the University of Ottawa should offer more programs in French.

Again, the vast majority of respondents from Eastern Ontario – 85.4% – support the idea, which: maybe not surprising given its proximity to the establishment, notes Sébastien Dallaire, senior vice president of Ipsos Canada.

But it is still a question favored by all Franco-Ontarians, no matter where they live. So if we can draw a conclusion from all the questions about education, it is that in general there is a desire to make education in French more accessible.

A quote from Sébastien Dallaire, Senior Vice President at Ipsos Canada

In addition, 71.1% of those polled say they approve of the province’s decision to fund the Université de l’Ontario français (UOF), while 18.8% oppose it.

After the project was initially scrapped in 2018, the Ford government finally struck a deal toUOF with the federal government. Under this agreement, the federal government will fund the first four years of incorporation, after which Ontario takes over.

The Université de Hearst, another francophone university institution in Northern Ontario, has just gained its autonomy from Laurentian University but offers only four undergraduate programs and, starting this fall, a graduate program.

Support for public funding of Catholic schools

on the question To what extent do you agree that Ontario should continue to have a government-funded, faith-based education system?57.9% of those surveyed say they either Totally agree True somewhat agreeagainst 28.5% who are against.

The results reflect reality very wellThe director general of the Franco-Ontarian Association of Catholic School Boards (AFOCSC), Yves Lévesque, believes, as the majority of Franco-Ontarian students attend Catholic schools.

It’s okay there are people who think it shouldn’t be a system out there, but that’s the reality of things. The two systems coexist […]for us it validates what currently exists.

A quote from Yves Lévesque, Director General of the Franco-Ontarian Association of Catholic School Boards
He is sitting at his computer.

Yves Lévesque is director-general of the Association franco-ontarienne des conseil scolaire catholiques (AFOCSC).

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The president of the organization Parents Partenaires and Education, Paul Baril, admits he expected tariffs more equal on both sides.

Here we have just seen that the majority was in favor of maintaining the status quo. It doesn’t reflect what we see who is popular on social media, so it’s interesting to see those numbers.he says.

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Shortage of French-speaking teachers

Invited to choose from a series of numbers those who: should be a priority for the next Ontario government, 15% of French-Ontarians surveyed chose the shortage of French-speaking teachers. The issue ranks fourth behind access to health care in French (20.4%), access to higher education in French (17.8%) and economic development of French-speaking companies (15.3%).

The 15% speak loudly, I can see it screaming because at Parents, partners in education, we have heard from parents all over Ontario that there is a lack of French speaking teachers.

A quote from Paul Baril, President of Parents Partners in Education
Paul Baril Van Hearst.

Paul Baril is president of the Parents Partenaires and Education organization.

Photo: Radio Canada / Francis Bouchard

It is not without reason that he calls the extension, from 2015, of the period of teacher training from one to two years that there was already a defect in a profession that seems less interesting in the eyes of the population

In addition, more and more gaps are being identified, even at universities with teaching faculties, he adds. Laurentian University no longer offers a secondary-senior cycle, which allows teaching from grades 7 to 12, and certain teaching methods are not systematically offered at the University of Ottawa either.

It is certain that if we stop offering new programming, our people will study in English if they really want to become teachers, but will they return to the French-language system? Perhaps we are already beginning to experience its fate. It’s very alarmingnotes Mr. Baril.

Whoever wins the June 2 election hopes that reforms will be implemented to solve the problem, because Ontario parents have spoken and the Ipsos survey shows they want ensuring Francophone vitality in Ontario

Parents want a strong and stable education system, they want investment, they don’t want cuts.

Survey methodology

The Ipsos survey commissioned by Radio-Canada was conducted online from May 5-16, 2022 of 501 Ontarios whose native language or mother tongue is French.

Weighting based on gender, age and region has been applied to ensure that the sample composition is representative of the entire French-speaking population of Ontario, according to the census data.

The results are accurate to plus or minus 5 percentage points (19 times out of 20).

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