Agreement for French-Language in Ontario

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Today, the Minister of Colleges and Universities, the Minister of Francophone Affairs and the Federal Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, signed a historic funding agreement on behalf of the governments of Ontario and Canada to support the Université de l'Ontario français, the first French-language university governed by and for Ontario Francophones.

The Université de l'Ontario français will be supported by an investment of $126 million over eight years. The agreement confirms that the Government of Canada will assume up to 50 per cent of the total investment in the project, a total of $63 million over five years. The Government of Ontario has committed to matching this amount.

In early September 2019, the governments of Canada and Ontario signed a Memorandum of Understanding formally committing to work together to establish the Université de l'Ontario français. Since then, the governments have continued discussions to successfully complete an eight-year funding agreement. With this agreement both governments affirm their commitment to addressing the needs of the more than 620,000 Francophones in Ontario.