Ontario to spend tens of millions in an effort to recruit French academics because of scarcity

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2021-06-18 15:49:28

Ontario will pour $12.5 million into recruiting and coaching French academics over the subsequent 4 years in an effort to handle a scarcity made extra stark by an rising demand for second-language applications.

The technique goals to make French trainer coaching extra versatile whereas decreasing obstacles, Schooling Minister Stephen Lecce mentioned as he unveiled the plan Thursday.

“We’re appearing to satisfy the clear wants and repair a decade-long scarcity in Ontario — and to be truthful, a problem proper throughout this nation,” he mentioned. “Reasonably than a patchwork of efforts, we’re implementing a complete technique.”

Ontario goals to rent as many as 500 new French academics per yr, Lecce mentioned, although it make take a while to get to that time.

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The federal government is working with the three French-language schools of training within the province, on the College of Ottawa, Laurentian College and the Universite de l’Ontario francais, “to reinforce the admission course of to Preliminary Trainer Teaching programs.”

The plan, developed over the course of 9 months, will see the province recruiting academics from francophone communities inside Canada and overseas.

The French-language academics’ union, college board affiliation and different stakeholders had been concerned within the course of, the province mentioned.

The trainer scarcity impacts each the French and English college programs within the province.

There are greater than 110,000 college students enrolled in French-language faculties this yr, per the Ministry of Schooling. Greater than one million college students are enrolled in a program studying French as a second language. Of these, 250,000 are in French immersion.

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