The Legault government will increase the weight of French-speaking CEGEPs by creating nearly 22,000 additional places on the island of Montreal, in addition to freezing the English-speaking network for the next 10 years, learned The newspaper.
Ultimately, the number of students in English-language CEGEPs will therefore drop from 17.1% of all enrollments to 13.4%, across Quebec. The decrease is similar in the metropolis.
Quebec is thus going further than required by Bill 96 on the reform of the Charter of the French language, which provides for the “possibility” of adding 8.7% of new spaces to the Anglophone network.
The Parti Québécois had also criticized the Caquist government on this subject and called for the imposition of Bill 101 on CEGEPs.
In an interview with our Parliamentary Bureau, the Minister of Higher Education explains that the coming years will see a significant increase in the number of students arriving from secondary school.
Danielle McCann therefore sees it as an “opportunity” to “strengthen the place of French in Montreal”.
“There has been a significant increase in English-speaking CEGEPs in recent years,” she says. We want to rebalance all that. Because the proportion of the anglophone population in Quebec is roughly 13%. So we can see that this exceeds the proportion of the anglophone population of Quebec. ”
The Minister does not hide it, the issue is above all to avoid the linguistic transfer of immigrants to the English-speaking world, especially in Montreal.
“It is certain that by increasing the places in French-speaking CEGEPs, we want to attract more allophone students. This is our goal, ”she explains, while emphasizing the importance of mastering the French language in order to get a job and“ better integrate into Quebec society ”.
Under Bill 96, members of the historic English-speaking minority will have priority upon admission to a CEGEP where they teach in the language of Shakespeare.
“French-speaking students will always have the right to go to English-speaking CEGEPs, but there will certainly be less”, says Mme McCann.
Her ministry is looking at ways to improve English as a second language education at college, she says.
This influx of new students will inevitably lead to expansions for French-speaking establishments in the metropolis.
“We are going to have good news in terms of the Quebec Infrastructure Plan this year for several CEGEPs,” promises Mr.me McCann.
In the meantime, the planned expansion of Dawson College now seems uncertain, given the staff freeze on the Anglophone side.
“Dawson is a file that is still being analyzed. We have not taken a decision at this time and we are continuing our work, ”said the Minister.
Less places by 2029
|French-speaking CEGEPs||71 006||92 820|
|English-speaking CEGEPs||23 605||23 605|
|% English-speaking CEGEPs||24,9 %||20,3 %|
|French-speaking CEGEPs||130 972||173 665|
|English-speaking CEGEPs||26 945||26 940|
|% English-speaking CEGEPs||17,1 %||13,4 %|
* The government uses the year 2019 as a reference, “since it is the most recent confirmed data available with regard to the workforce”.
Source: Office of the Minister of Higher Education