BURNABY, British Columbia, June 10, 2021
Our two official languages are an asset for all Canadians, as they provide us with economic, social and cultural benefits. The Government of Canada supports and encourages Canadians in learning English and French, because bilingualism brings us together and sets us apart from the rest of the world.
Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Member of Parliament (Burnaby North–Seymour), announced that the Government of Canada is providing more than $3.3 million through Complementary funding in education to help Simon Fraser University respond to the growing demand from Francophone and Francophile students to receive their postsecondary education in French in British Columbia. Mr. Beech made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages.
The Government of British Columbia will invest $5 million to enable Simon Fraser University to continue to play its role as a leader in postsecondary education in French in the province.
In concrete terms, this investment by the two levels of government will allow the University, through its Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs (OFFA), to pursue or advance certain priorities or initiatives, such as maintaining the French cohort program, increasing the number of courses available in French, and developing new ways to enrich campus life in French. In the longer term, this investment will provide the financial stability Simon Fraser University needs to pursue its commitment to improving access to French-language education and supporting a new generation of bilingual British Columbians.
This funding is provided through the Complementary funding in education as part of the Canada-British Columbia Agreement on Minority-Language Education and Second Official-Language Instruction 2020–2021 to 2022–2023.