French-language education in Ontario is an important network of publicly funded Catholic and public French-language schools, French-language colleges and bilingual universities offering a wide variety of services and programs from early childhood to postsecondary education, including training programs and adult learning.
The Network (2016-2017 Data)
You will find bellow, descriptions of the main institutions that are part of the French-language education network: child care services, publicly funded elementary and secondary Catholic and public (secular) schools, special education provincial school, postsecondary institutions, adult learning programs.
Ontario offers a wide variety of early years’ programs and services designed to fit the needs of parents and the success and well-being of young children:
Ontario Ministry of Education, Parents' section: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/fre/parents/
Association francophone à l’éducation des services à l’enfance de l’Ontario (AFÉSEO). This website also has a French-language child care services directory: www.afeseo.ca.
To find a licenced child care service in French-language schools, and its affiliated school, consult the search engine Find an Institution.
The French-language education in Ontario includes more than 350 Catholic and public (secular) elementary schools throughout the province. These are all publicly funded by the province of Ontario.
You can consult the search engine Find an Institurion for the full list of schools offering the following grades: Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grades 1 to 8. You can access the website and phone number of the school, the website of its school board as well as in the affiliated child care service.
The French-language education network includes more than 100 Catholic and public (secular) secondary schools throughout the province. They are all publicly funded by the province of Ontario.
You can consult the search engine Find an Institution for the list of schools offering Grades: 9 to 12 (several of the Grades 7 and 8 are located into secondary schools). You can access the website and phone number of the school, the website of its school board as well as the affiliated child care service.
Every school part of 12 French-language school boards has its own school boundaries and welcomes in priority the students who live there, while offering them free of charge school transportation. Please contact the school board for more information on that matter.
The Centre Jules-Léger is designed to accommodate students with serious learning disabilities, namely those who have been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder or hyperactivity or who suffer from blindness, deafness or deaf blindness. It offers a learning environment in which each student can develop his or her full intellectual, linguistic, cultural, spiritual, social and emotional potential. To better meet the needs of each student, the administration and staff of the Centre Jules-Léger work in collaboration with both Catholic and public school boards, the parents, other learning centres and the Francophone community throughout Ontario.
Ontario’s French-language education network includes the following postsecondary institutions:
These establishments classify among the best in Canada. They offer competitive advantages to students (Canadian or international) wishing to study in French in an environment which encourages and fosters fluency in both French and English.
Avantage Ontario (French-language website for newcomers and list of postsecondary programs offered in French): http://www.avantageontario.ca/fr/programmes/
Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (French-language studies): https://www.ontario.ca/page/french-language-colleges-and-universities
Whether you wish to complete your education, increase your skills for the job market or simply learn an official language, our institutions offer continuing and adult education options that are perfectly adapted to your needs.
For young people who wish to return to school and obtain their secondary school diploma (OSSD), adults who wish to acquire skills essential for their personal or professional development, and newcomers who are looking to improve their language skills, the French-language education network provides them with the support needed.
The Literacy and Basic Skills program offers upgrading courses to adults who have not completed Grade 9 (first year of secondary school). This program is offered by several school boards, by applied arts and technology colleges, and by over 30 community organizations.
Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development: https://www.ontario.ca/page/adult-learning
Coalition ontarienne de formation des adultes (COFA): http://www.coalition.ca/
You may find and adult learning institutions in the search engine Find an Institution.
French-language education in a minority environment is available in every province and territory outside Quebec. Services offered include early years and child care programs, kindergarten programs, as well as elementary, secondary and postsecondary education. Regardless of where you choose to settle in Canada, you’re sure to find quality educational services in French.
Link to French-language education in Canada : http://elf-canada.ca/en/
These organizations support the success and enrich the cultural experience of all students registered in French-language schools and postsecondary programs. They are grouped
according to their mandate (provincial, national or international) and listed in alphabetical order.
Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO)
AFO is the unifying body and the political voice of the Francophone community of the Ontario.
Association des conseils scolaires des écoles publiques de l’Ontario (ACÉPO)
ACÉPO represents the trustees of the four (4) public French-language school boards in Ontario.
Association des directions et directions adjointes des écoles franco-ontariennes (ADFO)
Supports principals and vice-principals of French-language schools in Ontario in implementing priorities and innovative programs to ensure student success.
Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO)
Labour organization that represents French-language elementary and secondary school teachers. Affiliated with the Ontario Teacher’s Federation (OTF).
Association des gestionnaires de l’éducation franco-ontarienne (AGÉFO)
AGÉFO is a professional organization uniting administrators of French-language education in Ontario.
Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario (AJEFO)
Represents lawyers, judges, personnel in the justice system, and others who work to promote access to justice in French.
Association française des municipalités de l’Ontario (AFMO)
AFMO provides a forum for officials of municipal councils as well as the employees of municipal corporations serving Francophone communities in Ontario.
Association franco-ontarienne des conseils scolaires catholiques (AFOCSC)
Represents the trustees of the eight (8) Catholic French-language school boards in Ontario.
Association francophone à l’éducation des services à l’enfance de l’Ontario (AFÉSEO)
Organisation whose membership includes those working in early childhood education and programs as well as many individuals interested in early childhood development in Ontario.
Association francophone de parents d’enfants dyslexiques ou ayant tout autre trouble d’apprentissage (AFPED)
The AFPED works closely with Francophone parents of children with learning disabilities to help them gain access to existing support programs and resources, thus facilitating learning and development from an early age.
Centre franco-ontarien de ressources pédagogiques (CFORP)
This organisation supports French-language education by offering quality services and carrying out innovative projects. It develops and distributes French-language educational resources. CFORP also supports teachers by offering vocational training and coaching.
The College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE)
The College of Early Childhood Educators (the College) is a professional self-regulatory body for early childhood educators formed to protect the public interest and focused on quality and standards in the practice of early childhood education. This website also includes a section for the public and for parents.
Colleges Ontario is the advocacy organization for the province’s colleges of applied arts and technology. It promotes policies and awareness campaigns to ensure Ontario produces the highly skilled workforce.
Council of Ontario Universities (COU)
The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) promotes higher education in Ontario through advocacy, research and policy development.
Conseil ontarien des directrices et directeurs de l’éducation de langue française (CODELF)
CODELF is the professional organisation of the Directors of 12 French-language school boards in Ontario.
Consortium des universités de la francophonie ontarienne (CUFO)
Works to improve Franco-Ontarians' access to higher education by offering a comprehensive range of French-language university programs and services.
This network provides education and training opportunities through electronic classes and online learning.
Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO)
EQAO reports on student learning through large-scale assessments at the international, national and provincial levels.
Élargir l'espace francophone (EEF)
A provincial and unique initiative that encourages the active participation of the French-language education sector to the Francophone culture in Ontario. Three main fields of intervention: the community groups, governmental authorities, the private sector.
The Provincial e-Learning Strategy provides Ontario school boards and schools with access to valuable software and resources. It provides educational resources for teachers and students at the elementary and secondary levels.
Fédération canadienne des étudiantes et étudiants (FCEE) - Ontario
The federation represents students and their collective interests to the federal, provincial and territorial governments.
Fédération de la jeunesse franco-ontarienne (FESFO)
FESFO’s main goal is to ensure that Franco-Ontarian youths fully participate in the development of their community and society at large.
This Franco-Ontarian Foundation financially supports the implementation of initiatives that ensure the vitality of the Franco-Ontarian community.
Groupe media TFO
A cultural and educational French-language television station in Ontario. TFO is a world leader in educational matters.
Independent Learning Centre (ILC)
The Independent Learning Centre is the province's designated provider of remote education courses designed for independent study.
Office of the French Language Services Commissioner
The French-Language Services Commissioner has a mandate to conduct independent investigations under the French-Language Services Act.
Office provincial de l'éducation de la foi catholique de l'Ontario (OPÉCO)
OPECO promotes religious education in Catholic French-language educational settings.
Parents partenaires en éducation (PPE)
PPE works in close collaboration with its partners in education. This network supports parents, helping them play an active part in their children’s education. PPE also represents parents’ interests at the provincial level.
Regroupement des élèves conseillers et conseillères francophones de l’Ontario (RECFO)
RECFO unites all student trustees across Ontario. It is consulted on key policy issues by the Ministry of Education and collaborates with other stakeholders in the education community.
Regroupement des intervenantes et intervenants francophones en santé et en services sociaux de l’Ontario (RIFSSSO)
Brings together more than 500 Francophone health care and social service professionals. Works to promote communication among its members and helps them improve the delivery of health care services in French in Ontario.
Regroupement étudiant franco-ontarien (REFO)
Organization created by Francophone and bilingual postsecondary students in the province to promote and expand French-language education in Ontario.
Société économique de l’Ontario (SÉO)
Société économique de l'Ontario (formaly RDÉE Ontario) promotes economic development and employability in order to ensure the vitality and sustainability of all Francophone communities in Ontario.
Association des universités de la francophonie canadienne (AUFC)
Promotes university education within Canada’s minority Francophone communities.
Canadian Heritage (PCH)
Canadian Heritage is responsible for national policies and programs that promote Canadian content and foster cultural participation.
Centre canadien de leadership en évaluation (CLÉ)
The CLE is a non-profit organization offering evaluative and organizational services to French-language organizations across Canada.
Fédération nationale des conseils scolaires francophones (FNCSF)
FNCSF is an organisation representing the interests of the 28 French-language school boards in operating in a linguistic minority environment.
Francophone Immigration Networks (RIF)
The francophone immigration network is a program to support immigration within the French-speaking communities in Canada. To find the Ontario networks:
French-language education in Canada (FLE Canada)
French-language education in Canada is available in every province and territory. Services are offered from early childhood to adulthood. Regardless of where you choose to settle in Canada, you’re sure to find quality educational services in French.
Ministry of Francophone Affairs
The Ministry of Francophone Affairs ensures Franco-Ontarians receive government services in French so they can participate in the social, economic and political life of the province, while maintaining their linguistic and cultural heritage.
Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages
The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages is responsible for protecting language rights and promoting English and French in Canadian society.
Agence universitaire de la francophonie (AUF)
The AUF operates on the international scene with more than 427 staff members in 70 institutions affiliated with ten regional offices.
Association des cours constitutionnelles ayant en partage l’usage du français (ACCPUF)
The ACCPUF is an association uniting constitutional courts and equivalent institutions from several countries in Africa, Europe, America and Asia. This organization contributes to the development of constitutional jurisprudence in the Francophone areas.
Centre de la francophonie des Amériques
This centre contributes to the promotion and development of the French-language. It focuses on strong and harmonious relations, as well as on complementary actions between Francophones and Francophiles from Quebec, Canada and the Americas.
Fédération internationale des professeurs de français (FIPF)
FIPF’s mission is to spread and promote the French language and culture at the international level.
Les Jeux de la Francophonie
An international sports event that reflects the solidarity of the global Francophone community. All through the event, the diverse, vibrant and rich culture of the French-language communities across the world are highlighted.
Organisation internationale de la francophonie (OIF)
OIF improves the standard of living of its French-language community members across the world by helping them become agents of their own development. It provides its Member States support in developing their policies and in conducting activities related to international politics and multilateral cooperation, in accordance with the mission statements set forth by the Francophonie Summit.