A new French-language university for Ontario


The province reached a historic milestone by introducing legislation to create a new French-language university in Central Southwestern Ontario.

Ontario is home to 622,415 francophones – the largest population in Canada outside of Québec. In fact, Central and Southwestern Ontario has the province’s fastest growing French-speaking population.

French-speaking Ontarians have asked for a standalone French-language university, governed by and for francophones; one that provides a French milieu, where students can learn in their own language, at their own institution, in their own province.

The decision to move forward with the proposed university is based on recommendations made by the French-language University Planning Board.

The government will work with stakeholders to create the proposed university.


The government established the French-language University Planning Board in 2016 to provide recommendations and a business plan for the establishment of a French-language university in Ontario.

Led by the chair, Dr. Dyane Adam, the board consulted stakeholders to develop recommendations for the creation of a French-language university, which they submitted in a report to the government in July 2017. (PDF, 6.5 MB)

After careful review, the government has accepted the following key recommendations:

  • a stand-alone university with governance “by and for Francophones”
  • more French-language postsecondary education opportunities and courses for French-language students, particularly in Central and Southwestern Ontario
  • new high quality programs delivered in a way that will reach more students and use the latest teaching methods
  • a transition board to oversee the development of the university and establish partnerships

Appendices, report to the government, July 2017
If you would like to receive a PDF version of the appendices for this report, please contact Jacqueline Elliott at jacqueline.elliott@ontario.ca. A version of the appendices that meets Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act standards can also be prepared on request.

Download report: From Local Innovation to Global Excellence: Proposal for a French-Language University in Ontario Report of the French-Language University Planning Board – June 30, 2017 (PDF, 6.5 MB)

Learn more

Market study for a French-language University in Central and Southwestern Ontario, R.A. Malatest and Associates Ltd.  (PDF, 1.35 MB)
The independent study provided the government and the French-language university planning board with information on the potential demand and interest for a French-language university in central and southwestern Ontario.

Time To Act, Advisory Committee On French-Language Postsecondary Education In Central-Southwestern Ontario, Final Report, February 2016  (PDF, 1.21 MB).
The province established a committee to provide the government with advice on the best way to strengthen French-language postsecondary education in Central and Southwestern Ontario.

Report from Expert Panel on French-language Postsecondary Central and Southwestern Ontario – Moving Forward, 2013 (PDF, 346 KB).
The province established an Expert Panel to propose effective and innovative approaches to increase postsecondary opportunities for francophone students in the central and southwestern regions.

French-language policy framework for postsecondary education and training – A Policy Framework for French-Language Postsecondary Education and Training in Ontario, 2011 (PDF, 1.66 MB)
Ontario has put in place a French-language policy framework for postsecondary education and training. The goal is to help provide Ontarians with more opportunities to study and train in French.