September 11, 2017 12:08 pm
Updated: September 11, 2017 5:53 pm

Quebec announces $21M investment in Montreal CEGEPs

WATCH ABOVE: The Quebec government has announced it will be investing $21M in nine CEGEPs in Montreal. As Global's Tim Sargeant reports, this comes a day after the Parti Québécois voted to cut funding to English CEGEPs if elected.


The Quebec government announced Monday it will be investing $21.13 million in nine CEGEPs and colleges on the island of Montreal.

READ MORE: Lisée wants to impose more French on English universities and CEGEPs

About $9.88 million of the money will come from the federal government through the post-secondary institutions strategic investment fund and $11.24 will come from the provincial government as part of the Quebec infrastructure plan.

The institutions and other partners will  provide $0.125 million.

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This money will fund 14 projects at the CEGEP level, and be used for infrastructure, research, and innovation.

READ MORE: If elected, PQ will cut budget to English CEGEPs

“Our government will continue to invest time and money in our students’ success,” said Hélène David, Quebec Minister of Higher Education.

“Our commitment is clear: do everything possible to help our students and professors accomplish great things.”

This comes one day after the Parti Québécois (PQ) adopted a controversial motion to decrease funding to English CEGEPs at a party convention in Montreal.

READ MORE: English CEGEP campuses want independence

Party hardliners also pushed to extend Bill 101 to CEGEPs, barring francophones and allophones from enrolling if they did not do elementary and high school in English.

WATCH BELOW: The Parti Québécois adopts a controversial motion to decrease funding to English CEGEPs

During his speech Friday, PQ Leader Jean-François Lisée said he plans to force English CEGEP students to pass a French language exam in order to get their diplomas.

READ MORE: PQ votes for motion to decrease funding to English CEGEPs

He also wants to improve English classes in French CEGEPs to retain anglophone and allophone students already enrolled.

READ MORE: What is Bill 101?

The proposal will likely be part of the PQ’s platform going into the 2018 provincial election.

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