Under the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023 (APOL) – Investing in Our Future, the Government of Canada made a commitment to promoting a bilingual Canada, in particular by supporting English-speaking Canadians in learning French.
The federal government has established a new yearly bursary program to encourage English-speaking students to pursue their postsecondary studies in their second official language, in this case in French, thus contributing to the increase of bilingualism among Anglophones in Canada.
The Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC) was assigned responsibility for implementing this Program by the Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH). Under the Program, 850 non-renewable bursaries, each worth 3,000 dollars, will be awarded yearly from 2019 to 2023.
Interested students will be required to submit an application to postsecondary entities (colleges, universities and university faculties) participating in the Program. These postsecondary entities will be in charge of assissing student applications and awarding the study bursaries.
The ACUFC will not be accepting applications directly from students.
The list of postsecondary entities participating in the Program will be posted on this web page in April 2020.
To be eligible for the Bursaries for Postsecondary Studies in French as a Second Language, the student must:
To be eligible for the Program, a postsecondary entity must demonstrate its ability to provide Anglophone students with:
The postsecondary entity must demonstrate that, within the targeted program, at least 50% of courses as well as related and cultural activities will be offered in French.
Only postsecondary entities located in Canada are eligible for the FSL Bursary Program.