In March 2016, 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.
For the 2017-18 school year, OPSBA is proceeding, with MAESD approval, with a one-year project entitled Meeting Labour Market Needs for
French as a Second Language Instruction in Ontario. Based on demonstrable progress in the
first year, OPSBA will apply to MAESD for annual approval for additional
project years, up to a total of three years.
For more information, please read our FSL Partnership Info Sheet.
In September 2016, the Ministry of Education announced the release of Welcoming English Language Learners into French as a Second Language Programs.
It builds on A Framework for French as a Second Language in Ontario Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12 with additional case studies,
research, and strategies relevant to English language learners.
In addition, this Spark slideshow has been shared with school board staff and provides an update on the document, as well as information about new professional learning resources produced in the 2015-2016 school year in support of strengthening FSL in Ontario.
Direct links to the new companion document:
OPSBA's Education Program Work Team has considered the delivery of Core French in Ontario classrooms, drawing information from a range of sources:
Report of the OPSBA survey of school boards