Centre Jules-Léger Provincial and Demonstration School

Program Information

Transfer of Centre Jules-Léger to the Centre Jules-Léger Consortium

In 2016, the Ministry of Education consulted with its partners in the Franco-Ontarian community to explore ways to provide a range of quality programs and services that best meet the needs of students served by Centre Jules-Léger (CJL).

Through these consultations, we received valuable insight as to how we could improve the governance structure at CJL. Specifically, we heard from our Franco-Ontarian partners that a CJL operated by Francophones, for Francophones, would further ensure that Franco-Ontarian culture and language are incorporated into the learning and community.

As such, the ministry has taken legislative steps to transfer governance of CJL from the ministry's Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch (PDSB) to a new consortium of French-language School Boards – the Centre Jules-Léger Consortium (CJL Consortium).

The legislation, passed in December 2017, gives the CJL Consortium similar duties and powers of a French-language district school board, as outlined in the Education Act, except where the unique mandate of the CJL required modifications.

In June 2019, the ministry and the CJL Consortium signed an agreement that sets out the terms and conditions under which the transfer of governance will proceed.

Both the CJL Consortium and the ministry agreed that more time was necessary to ensure that all the key elements to the operation of the CJL Consortium are in place. The transfer date was therefore set for August 17, 2020.

The transfer of governance that came into effect on August 17, 2020, marks a major milestone for the Franco-Ontarian community, as it ensures the province‚Äôs only French-language school for children who are Deaf or hard of hearing, blind or have low vision, are deafblind, or have learning disabilities is governed by and for Francophones. This will build even stronger ties to and further engagement with the CJL community: for example the creation of a Parent and Program Advisory Committee resulting in improved student achievement, and an increase in equity and well-being.