Ballot: Majority of Franco-Ontarians assist Sudbury College | Disaster at Laurentian College

The survey was conducted among 501 francophones, who were asked, among other things, to give their opinion on the financial support given by the Ontario government to the University of Sudbury.

Nearly two-thirds of respondents – 65.9% – believe that “the province should finance the francization of the University of Sudbury to increase the provision of post-secondary education”.

Formerly federated with Laurentian University, the University of Sudbury has chosen to become autonomous and fully francophone. But she has not yet received public funding to resume her teaching activities.

The NDP, the Liberal Party and the Green Party pledge to fund the establishment if they win the June 2 elections. They even support the transfer of French programs from Laurentian University to the University of Sudbury.

The Progressive Conservative Party has not yet made a financial commitment in this regard. The outgoing government notes that it has forwarded the Sudbury University dossier to the Commission for the Assessment of the Quality of Higher Education, which will have to wait for recommendations.

The NDP, the Liberal Party and the Green Party pledge to fund Sudbury University if it wins the June 2 elections, to allow it to resume its educational activities.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Yvon Theriault

Just over 18% of respondents are opposed to the province’s financial support for the University of Sudbury, while nearly 16% have no clear opinion on the matter.

For the president of the University of Sudbury, Serge Miville, these results show that all the work we did to promote this social project was worth it.

He particularly emphasizes theconsiderable support what the project gained from the youth surveyed: 70.7% of respondents aged 18 to 34 are in favor of granting provincial funding to the University of Sudbury.

I really see a group of people here who look at this project with a lot of hope, which is a unifying project. »

a quote from Serge Miville, Dean of the University of Sudbury

Serge Miville is the Dean of the University of Sudbury.

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An earlier version of this article contained information and comments based on a regionalization of search statistics. However, after review, Radio-Canada agreed that the sample is not sufficient to obtain statistically significant results and therefore withdrew this passage.

Faced with significant financial problems, Laurentian University in April 2021 cut 29 French-language programs, or about half of its initial offering.

More programs claimed at the University of Ottawa

The majority of respondents – 78.7% – also believe that the University of Ottawa should offer more programs in French.

In addition, 71.1% of respondents say they approve of the province’s decision to fund the Université de l’Ontario français (UOF), while 18.8% oppose it.

After initially scrapping the project in 2018, the Ford government finally struck a deal to fund the project.FOO with the federal government. Under this agreement, the federal government will fund the first four years of the establishment and Ontario will take over.

Université de Hearst, another French-speaking university establishment in Northern Ontario, has just acquired its autonomy from Laurentian University, but offers only four bachelor’s programs and, starting this fall, a graduate program.

Support for public funding of Catholic schools

in the question To what extent do you agree that Ontario should continue to have a publicly funded faith-based education system?57.9% of people surveyed say they are I fully agree Where somewhat agreeagainst 28.5% who are against.

The results reflect reality very wellbelieves the director general of the Franco-Ontarian Association of Catholic School Councils (AFOCSC), Yves Lévesque, given that the majority of Franco-Ontarian students attend Catholic schools.

It’s okay that there are people who think it shouldn’t be a system that’s there, but that’s the reality of things. The two systems coexist […]for us, it validates what currently exists. »

a quote from Yves Lévesque, Director General of the Franco-Ontarian Association of Catholic School Boards

Yves Lévesque is the executive director of the Association franco-ontarienne des conseil scolaire catholiques (AFOCSC).

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The president of Parents Partenaires en Éducation, Paul Baril, admits he expected fees more equal On both sides.

Here, we have just seen that the majority spoke out in favor of maintaining the status quo. It doesn’t reflect what we see that’s popular on social media, so it’s interesting to see these numbers.he says.

Lack of French language teachers

Invited to choose from a series of questions the one that should be a priority for the next Ontario government, 15% of French-Ontarians surveyed chose the lack of French-speaking teachers. The issue ranks fourth behind access to healthcare in French (20.4%), access to higher education in French (17.8%) and the economic development of French-speaking companies (15.3%).

The 15% speak loudly, I hear them scream because, we at Parents, partners in education, hear from parents in Ontario that there is a shortage of French-speaking teachers. »

a quote from Paul Baril, President of Parents Partners in Education

Paul Baril is president of Parents Partenaires en Éducation.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Francis Bouchard

He rightly mentions the extension, as of 2015, of the period of teacher training from one to two years that was already missing in a profession that seems less interesting in the eyes of the population.

Furthermore, more and more gaps are observed even in universities with faculties of education, he adds. Laurentian University no longer offers an intermediate-senior level, which allows for teaching in grades 7 to 12, and certain didactics are also not systematically offered at the University of Ottawa.

Is it true that if we stop offering new programming, our people will study in English if they really want to become a teacher, but will they go back to the French-speaking system? We may already be starting to experience the fate of this. it’s very alarmingobserves Mr. Barrel.

Whoever wins the June 2 election, he expects reforms to be made to solve the problem, because Ontario parents spoke and Ipsos research shows that they want ensure francophone vitality in Ontario.

Parents want a strong and stable education system, they want investments, they don’t want cuts.

Research Methodology

The Ipsos survey commissioned by Radio-Canada was conducted online May 5-16, 2022 among 501 Ontarians whose native or mother tongue is French.

Weighting was applied based on sex, age and region to ensure that the sample composition is representative of the entire French-speaking population of Ontario, according to census data.

The results are accurate to plus or minus 5 percentage points (19 times out of 20).

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