Today, the Minister of Colleges and Universities, the Minister of Francophone Affairs and the Federal Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, signed a historic funding agreement on behalf of the governments of Ontario and Canada to support the Université de l'Ontario français, the first French-language university governed by and for Ontario Francophones.
The Université de l'Ontario français will be supported by an investment of $126 million over eight years. The agreement confirms that the Government of Canada will assume up to 50 per cent of the total investment in the project, a total of $63 million over five years. The Government of Ontario has committed to matching this amount.
In early September 2019, the governments of Canada and Ontario signed a Memorandum of Understanding formally committing to work together to establish the Université de l'Ontario français. Since then, the governments have continued discussions to successfully complete an eight-year funding agreement. With this agreement both governments affirm their commitment to addressing the needs of the more than 620,000 Francophones in Ontario.