French-Language Education in Ontario

The mandate of French-language education

The aménagement linguistique policy

The aménagement linguistique is the implementation by education institutions of planned and systemic interventions to ensure the protection, enhancement and transmission of the French language and culture in minority settings.

The Aménagement linguistique policy is a framework document that sets the guidelines for French-language schools and school boards and for the government of Ontario. The objectives of the Aménagement linguistique policy are to:

  • Deliver high-quality instruction in French-language schools adapted to minority settings.
  • Educate young francophones to become responsible citizens, empowered by their linguistic and cultural identity.
  • Increase the capacity of learning communities, including school staff, students, and parents, to support students' linguistic, educational, and cultural development throughout their lives.
  • Expand and enrich the francophone environment through solid partnerships between the school, families, and the community as a whole.
  • Increase the vitality of educational institutions by focusing on student retention and increased enrolment, thus contributing to the sustainable development of the French-language community in Ontario.

Parents, students and other general readers can read an overview of the Aménagement linguistique policy in either English or French. Administrators may be more interested in the complete Aménagement linguistique policy document, which is also available in English and in French.

Consultation Policy in Matters of Governance

The Consultation policy was approved in July 2011. The Ministry of Education is committed to consult with French-language education partners in implementing this policy on proposals of projects requiring amendments to the Education Act and its regulations, which could, if made, result in changes to governance of French-language education.

The purpose of this policy is to describe how to proceed when it is decided that a consultation will take place in order to identify the facts and issues raised by the proposal in relation to matters of governance of French-language education.

This policy applies to the management and control over the linguistic and cultural aspects of French-language education.

The principles that guide this consultation policy are:

  1. A commitment to the development of French-language education in Ontario; and,
  2. A commitment to openness and transparency regarding proposals of projects requiring amendments to the Education Act and its regulations, which could, if made, result in changes to governance of French-language education.