Meeting Labour Market Needs for French as a Second Language Instruction in Ontario

In March 2016, the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skill Development (MAESD), to establish a three-year Ontario Labour Market Partnership project to study labour market needs for French as a second language (FSL) instruction in the province. This proposal was in response to concerns OPSBA member boards raised about the growing gap between the number of students enrolling in French language programs and the recruitment and retention of sufficient numbers of qualified FSL teachers and support staff. This issue has become an increasing challenge for school boards.

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