TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ – High-level political and academic dignitaries gathered in nearby downtown Toronto, where the first cohort of students from the new Université de l`Ontario français (UOF) will be welcomed in the fall of 2021 to formalize the ratification of the UOF funding agreement with a solemn signature and announce the university`s location. Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation and Francophone Affairs, Ross Romano, Ontario`s Minister of Colleges and Universities, Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, John Tory, Mayor of Toronto, and Dyane Adam, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Université de l`Ontario français, participated in Wednesday morning`s press conference and signing. The Monobeneficiary Grant Agreement is only available in English in PDF format. . This historic moment honours the federal government`s fundamental commitment of $US 63 million to fund the first four years of the UOF and the Ontario government`s subsequent commitment to fund the same amount for the next four years. Thereafter, the UOF will be funded in the same way as all ontario universities. Previous versions of the Model Grant Agreements include: “The new Université de l`Ontario français is a victory for Franco-Ontarians, a historic step forward that will help even more Canadians learn, live and prosper in their chosen official language and keep Canada`s Francophonie strong and alive. This new institution will allow the next generation of students to study in French in the heart of Canada`s largest city, and I look forward to seeing the difference they will make in our communities and in our country.” The Université de l`Ontario français is an innovation institution focused on the creation and mobilization of knowledge in French. Excellence, innovation and cooperation guide the UOF in all its activities. UOF is committed to learning and research approaches based on experience, induction and transdisciplinary. Governed by and for Ontario`s Francophones, it offers an education that is firmly linked to the world and promotes the responsible exercise of citizenship. Glenn O`Farrell, member of the University`s Board of Governors.
The Université de l`Ontario français would like to thank the many people whose resolute and dedicated commitment has made this important academic institution for the Francophonie in Ontario a developing place. Their concerted action and influence were decisive. Among them, Ontario`s Francophone community, the provincial government – including Ministers Caroline Mulroney and Ross Romano – and the Premier of Ontario, the Honourable Doug Ford. From the federal government, we particularly thank Minister Mélanie Joly and the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau. “Our government is encouraging more economic opportunities for our province`s Francophone communities,” said Minister Mulroney. “This new university in and for Les Francophones offers students the opportunity to pursue their university studies in French while supporting their aspirations in the economic heart of the province, Toronto.” The future is bright for the Université de l`Ontario français, which is currently involved in staff recruitment and student recruitment. . .