ON cancels plans for first official Francophone university

November 19, 2018

The Ontario government has cancelled plans to open the province’s first Francophone university. The announcement came last Thursday as part of the government’s economic outlook and fiscal review. “We’re in shock,” said Radi Shahrouri, Co-President of the Franco-Ontarian student group REFO. “It’s been years that Franco-Ontarians have been asking for better access to services such as education. This would have meant a lot to the community.” In July of this year, ON Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Merrilee Fullerton said she was “fully committed to the success of the Université de l'Ontario français,” but the Globe and Mail reports that Fullerton has since blamed the cancellation on the previous ON government. Globe and Mail (ON)