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

The governments of Canada and British Columbia announce a major investment in French-language post-secondary education British Columbia.

VANCOUVER, BC, May 25, 2022 /CNW/ – Education is essential to ensure the equality of our two official languages ​​in the education system, from early childhood to post-secondary. To support official language minority communities and maintain the vitality of the French language, we must work with partners and invest in the French education system, particularly in post-secondary institutions.

Today, the Honorable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages ​​and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, announced over $4$0.7 million in funding to support French-language postsecondary education in British Columbia. The Minister was accompanied by Kelli PaddonMember of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for Chilliwack–Kent; Yvon Labergepresident of the Collège Éducacentre; Kevin HallPresident and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Victoria; and Dr. Joël Castonguay-Bélanger, head of the French department at the Université 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, this investment will support a three-year capacity-building project that will improve French-language educational opportunities through new programs and courses, particularly French teacher training and development. It will also better serve French-speaking students by providing more academic support and enhanced cultural activities.

In addition, the project allows post-secondary institutions to demonstrate the strong presence of the Francophone community through better access to information and resources in French on campus and online.

The project will also support cultural programming and increased coordination and networking between education partners and community organizations. The government of Canada invests $2,605,384 in this project for three years while the Government of British Columbia invests $2,113,260 over the same period, for a total of $4.7 million.

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

Estimate

“After yesterday launching the national consultations for the renewal of the Action Plan for Official Languages, I know how important it is to continue investing in post-secondary education. Today’s investment will better meet the educational needs of from British Columbia Francophone community and will increase the visibility of French on campus by adding the necessary resources and support. »

—The Honorable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages ​​and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

“French is deeply rooted in the history of Canada and that is why we are proud to support our post-secondary institutions to offer new programs, such as the University of Victoria French teacher training program and exciting cultural activities in French at from the University of British Columbia campuses with French-speaking guests, events and workshops related to classroom teaching. We invest in post-secondary institutions so that Francophone learners can continue their studies in both from Canada official languages.”

—The Honorable Anne Kang, British Columbia Minister of Higher Education and Vocational Training

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

—The Honorable Jennifer Whiteside, British Columbia Minister for Education, Skills and Training

“At a time when it is more difficult to attract and retain employees, this funding will help solidify the base of our growing institution. In addition, the Collège Éducacentre collaborative works with the Conseil scolaire francophone to meet the growing need for specialized French. educational aids in BC This funding allows us to respond to the need, by developing programming for and by the community, which will train students in the current requirements of the profession. »

Yvon LabergePresident of the Éducacentre College

“We are grateful to the government for Canada and the government of from British Columbia commitment to supporting UBC faculty and students in preserving the French language, increasing academic opportunities in French, and building capacity for the Center de la Francophonie program. With this funding, UBC researchers and professors will be able to increase student resources in French and online, advance cultural programming and increase the visibility of the Center de la Francophonie in order to coordinate and network partners in education and community organizations.

Santa J. OnoPresident and Vice-Chancellor, University of British Columbia

“This investment advances the University of Victoria role to better meet the academic and educational needs of from British Columbia French-speaking community. We are proud to be a catalyst for cultural programs that reflect the richness of our region and strengthen ties between post-secondary institutions and community organizations. »

Kevin HallPresident and Vice-Chancellor, University of Victoria

Fast facts

Funding for this project comes from the Official Languages ​​Support Programs, which aim to increase the vitality of Anglophone and Francophone minority communities and promote the English and French languages ​​in Canadian society.

Budget 2021 provides $121 million over three years (2021-22 to 2023-24) to support quality post-secondary education in the minority language. This new investment will be made primarily through existing intergovernmental cooperation mechanisms to help provinces and territories meet pressing needs and stabilize the minority-language post-secondary education sector.

On March 1, 2022the government of Canada presented an improved bill promoting the substantive equality of from Canada official languages, in order to adapt the Official Languages ​​Act to a changing society. Among other objectives, the bill seeks to counter the decline of French in Canadaclarify and strengthen the section of the Official Languages ​​Act deal with the promotion of official languages ​​and support official language minority communities.

the University of Victoria is part of from Canada leading research-intensive universities with over 22,000 undergraduate and graduate students and ranked first among Canadian comprehensive universities in the 2019 2021 Times Higher Education Global University Employability Rankings for Readiness career-ready students.

Collège Éducacentre is the only French-language college in British Columbia. Its courses and programs are offered online and only in French. Established in 1976, the college has operated as a non-profit organization since 1992.

the University of British Columbia is ranked 34th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and one of three Canadian universities in the top 50.

Related links

Law for the substantial equality of from Canada Official languages
Budget 2021
Action Plan for Official Languages ​​2018-2023: Investing in our future
Official Languages ​​Support Programs
University of Victoria
Educacentre College
University of British Columbia

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: For further information (media only), please contact: Marianne Blondin, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of 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]