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Sudbury college developing French-language degree programs

Collège Boréal receiving $8 million from province, feds
Collège Boréal in Sudbury

Collège Boréal in Sudbury is developing new bachelor’s degree programs so students can continue their studies in French.

On Oct. 14 the provincial and federal governments announced they would jointly provide $8 million toward the creation of French-language degree programs that would address specific training and labour needs in Northern Ontario.

The announcement did not specify what bachelor’s programs would be created with the funding.

"Thanks to this joint investment with the province of Ontario, we are enabling Collège Boréal to stand out with an interesting service offering,” said Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of official languages.

“In addition to representing the college's areas of interest, the programs offered will better meet the needs of the Francophone student population and prepare them for their entry into the job market. More students who wish to pursue a career in French will now be able to do so."

Over the next three years, the government of Canada will provide $5.1 million, while the Ontario government will provide just over $2.9 million.

Funding comes through the Canada–Ontario Agreement on Minority-Language Education and Second-Language Instruction (2020–2021 to 2022–2023).

Collège Boréal is based in Sudbury, with 38 access centres in 26 communities across the province, including seven main campuses in Hearst, Kapuskasing, Nipissing, Sudbury, Timmins, Toronto, and Windsor.