Deb Matthews Deputy Premier Chair of Cabinet Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development Minister Responsible for Digital Government MPP London North Centre

Deb Matthews Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development has said “This is a tremendous step forward in the creation of the first standalone French-language university in Ontario, governed by and for Francophones, which will provide access to high-quality French-language university education in the Greater Toronto Area and Central and Southwestern Ontario. My sincere thanks to the planning board panel and chair, Dr. Dyane Adam, for the work they have done.”

Ontario is proposing to create a new French-language university, the first of its kind in the province, giving French-speaking students more opportunities to study in French.

In consultation with the francophone community, the French-language University Planning Board has provided recommendations to the government for the creation of a French-language university in Central and Southwestern Ontario, governed by and for Francophones. After careful review, Ontario will be accepting key recommendations of the report and intends to introduce legislation for the creation of the proposed university in the coming months.

Creating more postsecondary education options for students is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.