Funding announced for new French-language high school in Toronto

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The Ontario government this week announced it will build a French-language school on the site of the former Greenwood Secondary School, to be purchased from the Toronto District School Board.

The province is giving “Conseil scolaire Viamonde” $10.2-million to buy the property on Mountjoy Avenue near Greenwood and Danforth avenues.

The future school will accommodate 500 students from grades seven to twelve.

The funding will likely be used to replace aging heating or air conditioning systems, fix the roof and windows and install accessibility features like elevators and ramps.

The announcement comes soon after the federal and provincial governments announced last week they’re spending a combined $126-million on a new French-language University in Toronto which is expected to open in the fall of 2021.

In recent years, the demand for French immersion schooling has grown right across Canada, as it is seen as highly beneficial to have second language in the workplace.

But the problem now seems to be a shortage of qualified French teachers in most jurisdictions means families are fighting for limited spots.

In 2015-2016, around 430,000 students were enrolled in French immersion programs in Canada, compared to 360,000 in 2011-2012 — an increase of nearly 20 per cent in just four years (at a time when the total student body has remained the same), the study said.

It is clear that in green lighting this French high school, the Ford government clearly saw the writing on the wall… in French. -CINEWS

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