Exciting news for English-speaking postsecondary students in Canada!
English-speaking students who want to pursue their postsecondary studies in French will soon be able to apply for a $3,000 non-renewable bursary to support their first year of college or undergraduate studies.
Starting in April, 850 bursaries will be offered at a variety of postsecondary institutions all over the country.
The Bursaries for Postsecondary Studies in French as a Second Language Program was announced in the Government of Canada’s Action Plan for Official Languages, which aims to increase the national bilingualism rate from 17.9% to 20% by 2036, mainly through raising the bilingualism rate of English speakers outside Quebec from 6.8% to 9%.
The program offers students whose first official language is English the opportunity to use and improve their French-language skills, increase their confidence working and living in French, and enhance their knowledge of and appreciation for Francophone culture.
A recent study by Professor Kai Chan says that French will be one of the most spoken languages in the world by 2050.
The Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC) is implementing the program. ACUFC will post more information about the bursaries and list the postsecondary institutions participating in the program on their website in April.
Catherine Fisher, Blogger