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2024 CAUT Francophones' Conference

February 02, 2024 at 9:00am - February 03, 2024 at 5:00pm

What Is the Future of French-Language Academic Work in Canada? Issues and Perspectives
Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Downtown

Conference Overview

Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, an alarming trajectory was already underway for French-language post-secondary institutions in Canada. The pandemic heightened pressure on French-language higher education in the country, especially in a minority context. From the disaster of Laurentian University to the inauguration of the Université de l’Ontario français, to the modernization of the Official Languages Act and the chronic underfunding of post-secondary institutions, capped off by austerity measures from many provincial governments, what future can French-language universities in Canada expect? 

There is no simple answer to this question, given the diversity of contexts across Canada in which Francophone academics work. They work in French-language universities and colleges that are located either in majority or minority contexts. Some work within bilingual institutions or are English-speakers working within French-language structures. Lastly, several work within English-language institutions. Yet despite this diversity, all of them are faced with the same worrying trend as higher education in Canada continues to anglicize. Together, we will examine this issue from multiple angles and attempt to find solutions that are adapted to the needs of various post-secondary educational environments.

Since its inception over ten years ago, the Francophones' Committee was intended to represent all French-language academics within CAUT member associations. Its conferences are intended to be a meeting and exchange place in which to discuss issues and challenges.

The conference agenda can be found here

PLEASE NOTE: This conference will be conducted in French only. Simultaneous interpretation will NOT be provided.


*Registration fees include lunch and reception.

Hotel Reservations

* Please note: the registration period for hotel rooms has now closed.

CAUT Meeting Policies:

CAUT Anti-harassment and Non-Discrimination Statement

Scent-free Work Environment


Any questions on the conference can be sent to Karl Bélanger, Policy Advisor, at 613-820-2270 (extension 201) or by email at