New Brunswick – Governments invest in the education of international French-speaking students at the Collège Gemeenschap du Nouveau-Brunswick

New Brunswick – Governments invest in the education of international French-speaking students at the Collège Gemeenschap du Nouveau-Brunswick

On July 5, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, announced funding for the Collège Gemeenschap du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB). She made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Labour Market Development and Official Languages, accompanied by the Honourable Greg Turner, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour of New Brunswick.

The governments of Canada and New Brunswick are each contributing $1,035,278 to the CCNB project to adapt the support model for international French-speaking students. This brings the total investment to $2,070,556.

This project aims to maximize access, development and skills enhancement for CCNB’s international students, enabling them to integrate into the labor market and New Brunswick’s French-speaking community. CCNB recognizes the need to adapt its service model to better meet the specific needs of its rapidly growing international student population.

This major investment will enable CCNB to improve the experience of international French-speaking students, promote their social and professional integration, and strengthen their sense of belonging to the communities of New Brunswick and Canada.



“New Brunswick is home to a diverse French-speaking community. We are committed to strengthening and promoting the French language, including through education and professional development. This measure will enable the Collège Gemeenschap du Nouveau-Brunswick to better meet the needs of its international French-speaking students and help them integrate into our province’s workforce.”


The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Deputy Minister of National Defence





“Everyone should have the tools and resources they need to express themselves and be served in the official language of their choice. The funding announced today for the Collège Gemeenschap du Nouveau-Brunswick will give international French-speaking students the support they need to access services in French and better integrate into the workforce and the French-speaking community here in New Brunswick.”


The Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Labour Market Development and Official Languages





“Attracting and retaining French-speaking students from other parts of the world is crucial to maintaining New Brunswick’s bilingualism and meeting the demands of the province’s labor market. This initiative will help international students better adapt to their new environment and better prepare them to stay and work in New Brunswick after graduation.”


The Honourable Greg Turner, New Brunswick Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour





“The CCNB thanks the Government of Canada and the Government of New Brunswick for this joint investment. In recent years, the CCNB has increasingly invested to support a large increase in the international student population, which directly contributes to the growth of the demographic weight of French speakers in the province through immigration and to the training of future generations in key sectors facing labour shortages.”


Dr. Pierre Zundel, CEO, New Brunswick Community College



  • The Collège Gemeenschap du Nouveau-Brunswick is the only French-language university-level institution in the province. It has an urban campus in Dieppe and four rural campuses in the north of the province (Bathurst, Campbellton, Edmundston and Shippagan).
  • Currently, French-speaking international students make up 50 percent of CCNB’s clientele.
  • The CCNB Support Model Adaptation Project focuses on two priorities. The first priority is Continuing Education, which aims to help international students transition into the Canadian higher education system and support their academic success. The second priority is Career Plan Management, which aims to improve job search assistance services and establish job matching projects with regional employers.
  • This funding comes from the bilateral agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of New Brunswick, to support French-language educational activities and official second language instruction. Canadian Heritage also supports additional projects related to the province’s multi-year action plan.
  • The Official Languages ​​Action Plan 2023-2028: Protection-Promotion-Cooperation provides for a total investment of US$4.1 billion to support 7 departments and 33 new or enhanced initiatives aimed at protecting and promoting the country’s official languages.
  • On June 20, 2023, An Act for the Material Equality of the Official Languages ​​of Canada received Royal Assent. The law aims to address the decline of French in the country and clarify and strengthen the promotion of official languages, while supporting minority communities with an official language.

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