Governments of Canada and British Columbia invest more than $4.7 million in French-language post-secondary education in British Columbia

the governments of Canada and British Columbia announce major investment in post-secondary education in French in British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BCMay 25, 2022 /CNW/ – Education is a key element in ensuring the equality of the two official languages ​​in the education system, from early childhood to post-secondary education. To support minority communities in official languages ​​and maintain the vitality of the French language, we need to work with partners and invest in the French education system, especially in post-secondary institutions.

Today the Honorable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister for Official Languages ​​and Minister in charge of the Agence de promotion économique du Canada Atlantique, announced an investment of more than $4.7 million to support French-language post-secondary education in British Columbia. The minister was accompanied by Kelli Paddon, Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from Chilliwack-Knows; Yvon Laberge, President of the Collège Éducacentre; by Kevin HallPresident and Vice-Rector of the University of Victoria† and Joël Castonguay-Bélanger, Ph.D., head of the French branch at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and member of the board of directors of the Center de la francophonie.

In collaboration with the University of Victoria, Collège Éducacentre and UBC, the investment will fund a three-year capacity building project to improve French-language education through new programs and courses, including training French teachers and improving their skills. In addition, the project aims to improve services to French-speaking students by providing them with more educational support and enhanced cultural activities.

The project will also allow post-secondary institutions to emphasize the strong presence of the French-speaking community by providing greater access to information and resources in French, both on campus and online.

In addition, a cultural program will be set up and coordination and networking between university partners and social organizations will be improved. the governments of Canada and British Columbia will invest $2,605,384 and $2,113,260 respectively, both over three years, for a total of more than $4.7 million.

The project is funded under the Canada-British Columbia Agreement on Minority Education and Second Official Language Instruction (2020-2021 to 2022-2023).


“Yesterday I kicked off the national consultation to renew the State Languages ​​Action Plan and I know how important it is to continue to invest in post-secondary education. The investment I announced today will go a long way toward meeting the educational needs of British Columbia’s francophone community. In addition, it will increase the visibility of French on campus as the necessary resources and support will be increased. †

— The Honorable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of State Languages ​​and Minister in charge of the Office for Economic Promotion of Canada Atlantic Ocean

“French is deeply rooted in the history of Canada† That’s why we’re proud to help post-secondary institutions deliver new programs, such as the Université de Victoria, as well as exciting cultural activities in French on the University of British Columbia campuses with French-speaking guests, activities and workshops related to classroom teaching. We invest in post-secondary institutions so that French-speaking students can continue their studies in Canada’s two official languages. †

— The Honorable Anne KangoBC Minister of Advanced Education and Skills

“We recognize the importance for school boards to recruit francophone teachers and meet the growing demand for francophone programs in schools. Through this three-year federal-provincial funding partnership, we are working together to invest in French-language post-secondary education programs so that more students can study and be trained to teach the French language in British Columbia. †

— The Honorable Jennifer Whiteside, BC’s Secretary of Education, Skills and Training

“We live in a time when it is extremely difficult to attract and retain employees; this financial support will help us to consolidate the foundations of our growing establishment. In addition, the Collège Éducacentre is collaborating with the Conseil scolaire francophone to meet the increased need for specialized teaching resources in French in British Columbia. Thanks to these funds, we will be able to meet the need by developing, together with and for the French-speaking community, a program aimed at training more students to exercise this profession in great demand. †

— Yvon Laberge, President, Éducacentre College

“We are grateful for the commitment of the government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia to support UBC faculty and students in preserving the French language, increasing opportunities for French study, and building capacity in the Center de la Francophonie program. This funding will allow UBC researchers and professors to increase the number of resources available to students in French and online and cultural activities. They will also be able to increase the visibility of the Center de la Francophonie to coordinate and network educational partners and civil society organisations. †

— Santa J. Ono, President and Vice Chancellor, University of British Columbia

“This investment strengthens the role of the University of Victoria and it will better meet the academic and educational needs of British Columbia’s French-speaking community. We are proud to play a catalytic role in providing cultural programs that reflect the richness of our region and strengthen links between post-secondary institutions and civil society organisations. †

Kevin HallPresident and Vice-Rector, University of Victoria

Quick Facts

This assistance is provided through the Official Language Support Programs, which aim to promote the vitality of Francophone and Anglophone communities living in minority situations and to promote French and English in Canadian society. †

Budget 2021 provides for a $121 million investment over 3 years (from 2021-2022 to 2023-2024) to support high quality post-secondary education in the minority language. These new investments will mainly be allocated under existing intergovernmental cooperation mechanisms to help the provinces and territories facing urgent needs and to stabilize the post-secondary education sector in minority languages.

1er March 2022, the government of Canada introduced an improved bill aimed at real equality between the official languages ​​of the Canada the adjust Official Language Act to a changing society. This bill aims, among other things, to provide an answer to the decline of French in the country; to clarify and strengthen the part of the Official Language Act on the promotion of official languages; and to support minority communities in official languages.

the university of Victoria is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities. It has more than 22,000 undergraduate and graduate students and ranks first among Canadian universities at this level in the 2019 World University Employability Rankings (Times Higher Education) when it comes to preparing students for work.

Collège Éducacentre is the only French-language university in British Columbia. It offers its courses and programs online, and in French only. Founded in 1976, the College has been a non-profit organization since 1992.

UBC occupies the 34and position in the world university rankings (Times Higher Education) and appears, with 2 other Canadian universities, in the list of the top 50 higher education institutions.

Related Links

A law to establish material equality between the official languages ​​of . reach Canada
Budget 2021
Action Plan for Official Languages ​​- 2018-2023: Investing in our future
Official Language Support Tools
University of Victoria (only in English)
Education Center College
University of British Columbia (only in English)

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For more information: For more information (media only) please contact: Marianne Blondin, Press Secretary, Office of the Secretary of State for Official Languages ​​and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, [email protected] † Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155, [email protected]

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