Supreme Court rules on French language schools in British Columbia

Posted on Tuesday, June 16, 2020



In last week’s landmark case Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique v. British Columbia [2020 SCC 13], the Supreme Court of Canada handed down a judgment paving the way for all children in British Columbia to have equal access to high quality education. The majority decision represents a significant victory for the province’s Francophone school board which has engaged a decade-long battle for improved conditions on behalf of francophone students. As the Canadian Faculty of Education which prepares the highest numbers of Francophone teachers outside of Quebec, we applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the principle that jurisdictions must provide equal access to education in the minority official language. Evidently, the implications of this historic ruling for schools in B.C. and other provinces are far-reaching. The graduates of our francophone teacher education program, who are recruited by francophone school boards across the country, can look forward to their new careers with greater confidence. We at the Faculty of Education, reiterate our commitment to providing world-class training for teachers in order to meet the present and future needs of la francophonie canadienne.


Richard Barwell, Dean of the Faculty of Education  

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