Investigation Report on the Cancellation of the Fellowships for Studying in French
I just posted a news release as well as my report entitled Cancellation of the Fellowships for Studying in French: It pays to do your homework to follow-up on the elimination of this program in April 2012 by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. I encourage you to view these documents.
This investigation report contains an in-depth analysis of the issues arising from the elimination of the Fellowships for Studying in French program. It is based on the responses that the Ministry provided to my office, statistics concerning access to French-language postsecondary education programs in Ontario, and observations by associations and stakeholders.
In short, the government went against the principle of the active offer of service in French by eliminating the Fellowships for Studying in French program without first providing other specific measures to bring Francophones and Francophiles closer to genuine equal opportunity. I am nonetheless delighted that the government rectified the situation by broadening the eligibility criteria for the Travel Grant and the Commuting Grant to include Francophones and Francophiles. Nevertheless, I believe that this measure is not sufficient to make up for the inequality between the availability of French-language college and university programs and the availability of English-language programs, especially in Central-Southwestern Ontario.
Despite the good intentions demonstrated in the most recent Speech from the Throne, more than a year after the publication of my report entitled The State of French-Language Postsecondary Education in Central-Southwestern Ontario: No access, no future, the government has still not announced any action plan to remedy the situation.