Governments of Canada and New Brunswick invest more than $27.8 million in Université de Moncton

Substantial support for Acadian and Francophone communities: The governments of Canada and New Brunswick announce significant funding for the University of Moncton.

MONCTON, N.B., June 3, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that all Canadians can learn in the official language of their choice. The education system, from preschool to post-secondary, plays an essential role. Supporting and encouraging minority language education and second official language learning is a government priority because it brings us together and helps build a more bilingual society. Canada.

Today, the Honorable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages ​​and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, announced over $27.8 million in financial support for three projects at the University of Moncton. This funding is in partnership with the Government of New Brunswick. The Minister was accompanied by the Honorable Daniel Allain, New Brunswick Minister for Local Government and Local Governance Reform, on behalf of the Honorable Trevor Holder, New Brunswick Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, and Dr. Denis Prud’homme, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Moncton.

Stabilization and capacity building at the University of
Moncton

The majority of the funding announced today… $180.5 million over three years from the government of Canada and $5.5 million over three years from the Government of New Brunswick—is for a project that will allow the University to Moncton maintain and expand its priority program offerings, including online courses, in addition to acquiring the materials and equipment needed to deliver the courses. The project also aims to support the continuous training of teachers and the updating of teaching materials. Finally, this project will bring new $2,000 scholarships to more than 1,000 students over three years and will support advertising and promotional efforts to recruit students.

Renovation and redevelopment of access facilities to learning and support services at the University of
from Moncton three campuses

The governments of Canada and New Brunswick each invest more than $812,000 in new isolated and soundproof study and examination rooms as well as common areas, which will help meet the growing accommodation needs of students at the University of Moncton. The university will renovate the spaces to better meet the needs of students. The university will acquire essential equipment and furniture for various spaces on the three campuses.

Renovation of the premises of the technological services and upgrading of the computer equipment of the University of
Moncton

Finally, the University of Moncton will receive more than $1.1 million over two years from the Government of Canada and $1.1 million over one year from the government of New Brunswick replacing and modernizing computer equipment in laboratories and classrooms Moncton, Edmundston and shippagan campus. This will enable new technologies and strengthen the network and cybersecurity infrastructure linking the three campuses. The project will also make it possible to renovate the technological services facilities of the Pavillon Jeanne-de-Valois to Moncton Campus.

These projects are funded under the Canada-New Brunswick Agreement on French-Language Education and Second-Language Instruction from 2019-2020 to 2022-2023.

Quotation

“As a proud Acadian and a graduate of the University of Moncton, I am very happy to be at my alma mater to mark a great day for this leading institution in our community. Support for these three projects will improve teaching capacity and the quality of teaching at the University of Moncton and fostering student success for decades to come. This major investment will allow students and the community to benefit from a modernized university, in addition to promoting our Francophone and Acadian culture. »

– The Honorable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages ​​and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

“The University of Moncton plays a vital role in ensuring from New Brunswick post-secondary students can study in the language of their choice. As the only officially bilingual province in Canada, we recognize the importance of ensuring that communities that speak both official languages ​​can thrive. That’s why we’re proud to partner with the federal government in this bilateral agreement that allows the University to Moncton to access significant funds to improve the delivery of its programs and services. »

Trevor Holder, New Brunswick Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labor

“The funding announced today aims to enrich the student experience by providing quality education and services. Part of this support will allow us to update our technological infrastructure, which will improve training, promote collaboration and ensure our programs in universities and post-secondary institutions. in minority communities in Canada are complementary. In addition, by financing priority programs, we can train a qualified professional workforce in key sectors for the development and vitality of from New Brunswick Acadian and Francophone communities. »

– dr. Denis Prudman, rector and vice-chancellor of the University of Moncton

Fast facts

  • The University of Moncton is from Canada largest French-language university outside Quebec.
  • The University of Moncton is a post-secondary institution with three exclusively French-language campuses in Moncton, Edmundston and shippagan. She is recognized for her excellence in teaching and research as well as for her significant contribution to the development of Acadian and Francophone society.
  • Budget 2021 provided an investment of $121 million over three years (2021-2022 to 2023-2024) to support high-quality post-secondary education in a minority language. These new investments will be made primarily through existing intergovernmental collaborative mechanisms to help provinces and territories address pressing needs to help stabilize the minority language post-secondary education sector.
  • This funding is granted under the Official Languages ​​Support Programs, the main objective of which is to enhance the vitality of Francophone and Anglophone minority communities and to promote the French and English languages ​​in Canadian society.
  • On March 1, 2022, the government of Canada presented an improved bill for real equality of the official languages ​​in Canada, which aims to adapt the Official Languages ​​Act to a changing society. Among other things, this bill also aims to remedy the decline of French in Canadaclarify and strengthen the section of the Official Languages ​​Act concerning the promotion of official languages ​​and support official language minority communities.

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For further information: (media only), please contact: Marianne Blondin, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Official Languages ​​and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, [email protected]; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155, [email protected]

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