The University of Ottawa is pitching a satellite campus in the City of Woodstock to offer more French programs.
The potential partnership is part of the Ontario's Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities expansion program. Colleges and universities are asked to submit proposals to help secure funding with the goal of building facilities in under-served areas.
"Woodstock is in a great location because it is about 100 to 200 kilometres from other main centres, such as Toronto, Hamilton, and Windsor. So there's over a million people population in that area. And the Francophone population overall, and if we look at central and southwest Ontario, we're looking about 210,000 to 220,000 people. So it's about 30% of the Francophone population in Ontario, so it would be providing opportunities for students from these families to have access to Francophone university in Woodstock," said Louis de Melo, vice president, external relations at University of Ottawa.
He said details, such as the exact number of students, still need to be worked out.