Canada Promotes French Language in International Education

November 4, 2012 - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie), participated today in the Canada-Francophonie Education Forum, held by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) in Montréal.

“Our government is committed to supporting the French language and linguistic duality, and for that reason we undertake to promote French in Canada and abroad,” stated Minister Valcourt. “Also, a stronger international education strategy will help strengthen Canada’s commitment to emerging economies and will ensure greater cooperation between Canada and institutions.”

In his opening address to the Forum, Minister Valcourt reiterated Canada’s commitment to international education and the government’s desire to strengthen education-related ties between Canada and international institutions to create lasting prosperity. Among other things, he stressed the importance of linkages between educational institutions to extend the influence of La Francophonie. This approach is in keeping with the vision of the report of the Advisory Panel on Canada’s International Education Strategy, which proposes attracting the world’s best and brightest to pursue their studies or conduct their research in Canada, and eventually settle here and contribute to the future prosperity of our country.

The Canada-Francophonie Education Forum brings together public and private sector representatives, including teachers and educators from Canada and other Francophone and Francophile countries.

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Andréa Richer
Press Secretary
Office of the Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie)
613-790-3637

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Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874
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