Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia provide more than $1.3 million to Université Sainte-Anne

Church Point, NS, August 11, 2022 - The Government of Canada is helping official-language minority communities access quality education in their own language, from early childhood to the post-secondary level.

Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, announced funding of $1.2 million over two years to Université Sainte-Anne, Nova Scotia’s only Francophone university, to modernize its student information system. In addition, the Province of Nova Scotia is providing $104,573 over two years to this project. Minister Petitpas Taylor was joined by the Honourable Colton LeBlanc, Nova Scotia Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie.

The funding will support the stabilization and capacity building of Université Sainte-Anne and help it migrate to a new information system that will allow it to optimize the management of student records. This new system will also increase and optimize communication between admissions staff and students interested in pursuing post-secondary education at Université Sainte-Anne.

The project is funded under the Canada–Nova Scotia Agreement on Minority-Language Education and Second-Language Instruction from 2020–2021 to 2022–2023.


“As an Acadian who had the opportunity to study in French in a minority setting, it’s a real pleasure to support the vitality of the Francophonie in Nova Scotia. With the funding announced today, many students from across the country and beyond will be able to benefit from a modernized Francophone institution and come together in a quality French-language post-secondary education environment.”

—The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

“Université Sainte-Anne has remained a welcoming place for Francophone and immersion students from around the world, while promoting, preserving and encouraging the French language. This new information system will improve communications, connections and vitality across its five campuses. And we are proud to support this.”

—The Honourable Colton LeBlanc, Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie, Nova Scotia

“We are very grateful for the significant investment by the federal government in our new student information system. This is a major one-time project that is crucial to the functioning of our institution and will multiply our efforts to apply digital technology in the management of our institution.”

—Allister Surette, President, Université Sainte-Anne

About Université Sainte-Anne

Université Sainte-Anne, the only French language post-secondary institution in Nova Scotia, offers university and college-level courses as well as a French immersion program and customized training in French as a second language. Recognized for its excellent programs as well as its unique and exceptional living environment, Sainte-Anne offers experiential learning opportunities that promote student engagement and success, and an atmosphere which encourages a culture of excellence in research and development. Solidly established in its community, Université Sainte-Anne is a partner of choice for all those who wish to strengthen the vitality of the regions surrounding its 5 campuses as well as all of Acadie throughout Nova Scotia.


For more information (media only), please contact:

Marianne Blondin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Rachelle LeBlanc
Director of Communications and Marketing
Université Sainte-Anne
Tel.: 902-769-2114 Extension 7222