The University of Ottawa is one of several post-secondary institutions receiving an infusion of provincial cash to expand programming at French-language colleges and bilingual universities.


U of O will receive about $28.2 million this year, an increase of about 42 per cent over 2003-2004, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Chris Bentley said yesterday during a press conference at the university.


Although the province is spending $5.7 million in 2007-2008 as a part of its Access to Opportunities strategy, total federal and provincial support for French-language colleges and bilingual universities will be at least $68.6 million, an increase of about 40 per cent in annual support over 2003-04.


“Ontario can’t achieve its full potential and never will until students who study French can study in French in the province of Ontario,” Bentley said.


“Our investment ensures francophone students will have more opportunities than ever to access high-quality French-language studies.”

Ontario’s has 16,700 francophone post-secondary students and the funds will help institutions deliver programs that improve access for francophones, expand French-language program choice at bilingual universities and develop curriculum in French.

La Cité Collégiale will receive about $10.9 million. Collège d’Alfred, east of Ottawa, will receive about $390,000 this year, compared to no specialized support in 2003-04.