Ontario Working to Increase the Supply of French-Language Teachers in the ProvincePublished on October 01, 2020
Ontario Working to Increase the Supply of French-Language Teachers in the Province
Initiative will help students receive a high-quality education in French
TORONTO — The Ontario government is taking action to recruit and retain more French teachers to ensure that all students receive a high-quality French-language or French as a Second Language (FSL) education. To assist in this effort the province is supporting various initiatives such as career fairs, as well as partnering with two working groups in order to focus on professional development for French teachers and raise awareness of employment opportunities.
To attract more French-Language teachers the government is taking several actions including:
- A partnership with Laurentian University to create a new hybrid initial teacher education program (with a first cohort in 2020-21);
- The development of projects with sector partners, such as career fairs, and a recruitment portal for the French-language school boards which includes a link to supporting resources and an online help desk for educators; and
- Possible changes to regulations that would help hire more qualified French-language teachers.
- A new guide for English-language school boards and a French proficiency assessment tool, developed by the Ontario Public School Boards' Association, that will help public schools hire and train more French as a Second Language (FSL) teachers;
- An online portal, to be created by Canadian Parents for French (Ontario) aimed at students to promote postsecondary studies and experiences that can lead to a career as an FSL teacher in Ontario; and a promotional campaign about the FSL career path;
- Outreach activities, to be developed by York University and aimed at Grade 11 students that will promote careers as an FSL teacher in Ontario; transition courses for internationally-trained Francophone teachers; and an online platform for French as a Second Language teachers that will support them in their professional learning.
Ontario continues to partner with various education stakeholders, including its provincial French Language Working Group, to address the recruitment and retention of teachers in the French-language school system. In addition, it is relaunching the FSL Provincial Working Group, whose membership will represent a variety of perspectives, including those of senior school board administrators, teachers, parents, FSL associations and researchers.
"By supporting the recruitment of more qualified French-language teachers, the government is ensuring that Ontario students and their parents have greater access to learning opportunities in French, as a first language or as a second language," said Francophone Affairs Minister Caroline Mulroney. "Today's announcement supports Ontario's commitment to provide our young Francophone and Francophile students with more options for their education and their future."
"By working to train and retain more French-language teachers, our government is taking a decisive step towards the development of stronger, more empowered French-speaking communities in Ontario," said Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities. "The French language and our Francophone community are vital elements of our province's identity and help contribute to the cultural richness of our society."
"Education is an essential pillar of the vitality of official languages and communities," said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Official Languages. "Through the national recruitment and retention strategy for Francophone teachers, the Government of Canada is helping to address the labour shortage in French immersion and French first-language programs in Ontario. French-language learning contributes to our cultural and economic wealth, which is why we have invested in a $62 million Francophone teacher recruitment and retention strategy as part of our Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023. Bilingualism is at the heart of Canadian identity and culture, and a major asset in the labour market. This type of investment supports Francophone minority communities in addition to supporting the learning of French in immersion programs."