Kathleen Wynne is to issue a formal apology on Monday afternoon, for a century old regulation which effectively banned the use of French in the province’s elementary schools.
Regulation 17 was passed in 1912 and meant that teachers were only allowed to speak French if it was absolutely necessary to communicate with a child who spoke no English.
They could also only do so in the child’s first year of school.
The rule was enforced in the province’s schools for 15 years before falling into abeyance by 1944.
Last December, The Premier said that it would be ”very appropriate” for her to offer the official apology on behalf of the Ontario government and it’s expected she will do so during a statement in the Legislature early on Monday afternoon.
It comes following a motion moved in the legislature by Sudbury Liberal MPP Glenn Thibeault, calling for the apology, saying that it would demonstrate that the government recognizes its past errors and is serious about growing the Franco-Ontarian identity and culture.