The University of Ottawa is proposing a satellite campus in Woodstock to address what it calls a gap in French-language post-secondary education in central southwestern Ontario.
University of Ottawa president Allan Rock.
The campus would offer undergraduate and specialized trade programs in French as well as French immersion programs.
In a release issued Tuesday, the university said one third of the province’s francophone population is in that region, but many students who want to continue their education in French after high school have to go elsewhere.
“As Ontario’s flagship bilingual research-intensive university, we are committed to meeting the needs of francophones and francophiles wishing to pursue their post-secondary education in French,” university president Allan Rock said in a statement.
“Downtown Woodstock has all the necessary ingredients to quickly create a dynamic university campus and city council is excited by this opportunity to further revitalize the downtown,” Woodstock Mayor Pat Sobeski said in a statement.
The partnership still needs the provincial government’s approval to proceed.