From Early Years to Adulthood

A Complete Network


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.

Some Data

The Network 

  • 12 school boards throughout the province; 8 of these are Catholic and 4 are public (secular),
  • with more than 460 French-language elementary and secondary schools  with more than 111, 000 students.

  •  More than…
  • 260 child care services within French-language schools
  •  200 programs offered in French at the college level and more than 200 at the university level
  • 40 locations offering adult learning programs (community centres, school boards and/or colleges)                                                                   

 The Services

  • early years programs and services
  •  extracurricular activities and summer camps
  • support services for students and families, including newcomers
  • advanced French proficiency programs and international language courses
  • special curriculum for newcomers
  • internships in professional and international environments;
  • student achievement support and career choice programs
  • cultural and community engagement activities
(2018-2019 Data)

Our Institutions


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. 

Early Years / Child Care Services

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:

  • child care services;
  • child and family programs;
  • full-day kindergarten programs;
  • before-and after-school programs for children aged 4 to 12 where there is sufficiant demand.
French-language schools offer the above programs, including but not limited to the following:
  • learning centres;
  • play groups;
  • French-language programs within schools, for three-year-old children;
  • programs to improve oral communication in French;
  • elementary school or kindergarten preparation programs.

Ontario Ministry of Education, Parents' section:

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:

To find a licenced child care service in French-language schools, and its affiliated school, consult the search engine Find an Institution.

Elementary Schools

The French-language education in Ontario includes more than 360 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.

School Boundaries
Every school part of 12 French-language school boards has its own school boundaries and welcomes in priority the pupils who live there, while offering them free of charge school transportation. Please contact the school board for more information on that matter. 

Secondary Schools

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.

School Boundaries

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. 

Special Education – French-Language Provincial School

Consortium Centre Jules-Léger

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.

Postsecondary Institutions

Ontario’s French-language education network includes the following postsecondary institutions:

  • two French-language colleges of applied arts and technology with several campuses;
  • two bilingual universities and their three affiliated or federated institutions; 
  • one French-language university;
  • and three other postsecondary institutions offering French-language education.

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):

Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (French-language studies):

Adult Learning

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.

Most of these programs are free.

Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development:

Coalition ontarienne de formation des adultes (COFA):

 You may find and adult learning institutions in the search engine Find an Institution.

French-Language Education Elsewhere in Canada

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 :

Key Organizations


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 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.

Le Centre franco
This organisation supports French-language education by offering quality services and carrying out innovative projects. It develops and distributes French-language educational resources. Le Centre franco  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
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.

Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO)
EQAO reports on student learning through large-scale assessments at the international, national and provincial levels.

E-Learning Ontario
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 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.

Fondation franco-ontarienne
This Franco-Ontarian Foundation financially supports the implementation of initiatives that ensure the vitality of the Franco-Ontarian community.

Groupe media TFO

Groupe Média TFO is a destination for audiences seeking educational and cultural content in French. It offers stimulating experiences at the forefront of digital learning.

Independent Learning Centre (ILC)
The Independent Learning Centre is the province's designated provider of remote education courses designed for independent study.

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 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.

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 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:

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)
An international association of French-speaking higher education and research institutions, AUF brings together universities on every continent.

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.


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