The governments of Canada and Ontario have formally committed to working together toward the establishment of the Université de l'Ontario français through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, signed on behalf of the Government of Canada. The Minister of Transportation and Francophone Affairs, and the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, signed on behalf of the Government of Ontario.
By signing this MOU, both governments are affirming their commitment to address the needs of the more than 600,000 Francophones in Ontario with respect to postsecondary education. Highlights of the MOU include the following:
- An adequate due diligence process will be implemented in order to commit public funds and move forward in a trustworthy, accountable and transparent way with respect to the proposal submitted by the Governance Council of the Université de l'Ontario français.
- Funding negotiations will begin following the due diligence process, and a joint working group will be established to work together and agree on eligible expenditures, timelines and activities for the Université de l'Ontario français;
- Canada and Ontario will base their agreed-upon governmental contributions on established practices of intergovernmental cooperation in education, namely that Canada's contribution will not exceed 50 percent of the total cost incurred by Ontario.
- Because it is exceptional for Canada to cover 100 percent of the expenditures for the first four years of a multi-year project, Canada will seek assurance from Ontario that it will reimburse Canada of its share should Ontario not be in a position to provide funding within the expected timeframe.