Ottawa, Thursday, March 29, 2018 – CICan welcomes the promising new Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023 unveiled yesterday by the federal government. The Plan, presented by Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly in the presence of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and dozens of ministers and deputies from across the country, represents an investment of $2.7 billion dollars over five years.
This new funding will support and enhance post-secondary programs offered in French, particularly in the areas of Health and Justice, as well as professional training for Early Childhood Workers in minority areas. The Plan will also ensure that funding is made available to promote and reinforce bilingualism among youth, an area that colleges and institutes have long supported and encouraged.
Supporting and enhancing post-secondary programs in French throughout Canada, as well as post-secondary programs offered in English in Quebec, will allow for the training of highly qualified professionals able to offer quality services in both official languages across all sectors, regardless of their first language.
Read the full press release from Canadian Heritage here.
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