The University of Ottawa voices its support over the agreement that confirms the creation of a new post-secondary francophone institution in Ontario.
The academic institution says it welcomes the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the creation of the French-language University of Ontario, which was announced Saturday by both the federal and the provincial governments.
“This historic agreement will contribute to the establishment of a new francophone higher education institution in Ontario," says Jacques Frémont, the the University of Ottawa's president and vice-chancellor, "The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding to create, at long last, the Université de l'Ontario français (UOF) is wonderful news for the francophone community of Ontario, francophones and francophiles across Canada and for all Canadians”.
The UOF is the result of many efforts from the Franco-Ontarian community and the mobilization of francophones across Canada.
Frémont says the university has always supported the creation of a French-language university in the Greater Toronto Area and has even contributed to its creation since the beginning. The university also plans to continue to collaborate with the UOF in the future and eventually become partners.
"The University of Ottawa represents a key levy for the development and the influence of the Franco-Ontarian community. Our alumni provide health cares and legal advice, teach, work in the public service and contribute to our vibrant culture across the country; all this in French," says Frémont, adding that, "The creation of the UOF will diversify the offering of post-secondary services in French and this is tremendous news. The more francophone and bilingual colleges and universities we haves in Canada, the better Francophones’ best interest will be served.”