Quebec announces $21M investment in Montreal CEGEPs
The Quebec government announced Monday it will be investing $21.13 million in nine CEGEPs and colleges on the island of Montreal.
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.
This money will fund 14 projects at the CEGEP level, and be used for infrastructure, research, and innovation.
“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.
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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.
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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.
He also wants to improve English classes in French CEGEPs to retain anglophone and allophone students already enrolled.
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The proposal will likely be part of the PQ’s platform going into the 2018 provincial election.
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