Ontario Takes Steps to Strengthen Postsecondary Education in Northern Ontario

Published on April 16, 2021

Minister Romano has announced that this government has introduced proposed legislation to establish the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and l’Université de Hearst (Hearst) as independent, standalone degree-granting institutions. If passed, the legislation would formally recognize the integral role these institutions play in providing students with access to high-quality medical training and French-language education in Northern Ontario.


Postsecondary institutions in Northern Ontario play a critical role in stimulating local economies and preparing students for the workforce in the North. Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and l’Université de Hearst have provided crucial education to Northern Ontario for years and have provided critical services to Francophone and Indigenous communities. That is why, the government is introducing legislation that will establish both NOSM and Hearst as two new, independent, degree-granting universities in Northern Ontario


As a standalone institution, Hearst will become a French-language university governed by and for Francophones in Northern Ontario. In addition, independence will allow NOSM to grow and adapt to the needs of students as they help tackle the need for doctors and other health services in the North.


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