It's official, Ontario is getting an entirely French-language university. It was announced on January 22 that the new Université de l'Ontario français in Toronto is being funded with plans to start welcoming students for the 2021-22 academic year. The Government of Canada will fully fund the school for eight years. 

The institution of higher education will be fully paid for by the federal and provincial governments.

According to the news release, $126 million will be poured into the new school over the span of eight years, split evenly between the two.

However, while $63 million will come from the federal government over five years, Ontario will only provide the same amount in 2023, according to CBC.

"We are excited to be able to move forward with full implementation of the Université de l'Ontario français," said Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities.

"Our government has always been committed to the university and to supporting access to the education and training needed for rewarding careers and meeting labour market demands for Ontario's Francophone students."

A Memorandum of Understanding was formally signed back in September of 2019 by the two governments in order to work together to create the university.

"The Université de l'Ontario français is an important and long awaited-for project, critical to future generations of Franco-Ontarians," said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Francophone Affairs.

"The new university is a great example of our government's commitment to strengthening the Francophone community, investing in its future and ensuring the community's continued contribution to Ontario's prosperity."

However, according to CBC, Mulroney's Progressive Conservative government was behind the cancellation of the initial plans for such an institution after coming into power back in 2018.

Now, Mulroney is singing a different tune after she faced backlash from Ontario francophones and the government backtracked on its decision.

Maybe Doug Ford found learning French "pretty easy" after all?

Plans are set for the university to open up to the first group of students in September 2021 for that academic year.

The school already has a website set up here.

Narcity has reached out to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities for comment.

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