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Centre de recherches en éducation franco-ontarienne


Welcome to the website of the  Center for Research in Franco-Ontarian Education (CREFO)  of the Faculty of Education of the University of Toronto (OISE - The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education / IEPO - Institute of Pedagogical Studies of Ontario).

The Franco-Ontarian Education Research Center (CREFO) is an interdisciplinary research center that takes a critical look at the educational, social and language practices of the Francophonie in Ontario, Canada and around the world. The issues addressed aim to study the processes of minority on various themes. In addition to contributing to research, the professor-researchers affiliated with CREFO participate in the offer of courses in French in the departments of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning and Social Justice Education of which they are members. It is in this context that a new joint specialization entitled Education, Francophonies and Diversity ,was created in 2017, going beyond the courses that were already offered in French. This specialization allows to study in French to 2 e and 3 e academic cycles.

New publication 

Emmanuelle Book


Challenges and riches of multilingual classes. Building bridges between cultures.

The brand new book by Emmanuelle Le Pichon , director of CREFO and Nathalie Auger, university professor at Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 will be on sale in bookstores from April 15, 2021. 

Do we know that more than half of school children in the world speak at school a language other than the one they speak at home? And do we know that all the research shows that this is not a handicap for them, quite the contrary?

Find answers to the 78 questions asked by teachers, parents or students to meet the challenge of multilingual classes and inclusive pedagogies.  



2020 CRCCF Prize awarded to Normand Labrie


Congratulations to Professor Normand Labrie who was awarded the CRCCF 2020 prize on March 25, 2021 as part of the annual conference “Learning and teaching in a linguistic minority context”, jointly organized by Nathalie Bélanger and the Center de recherche en civilization Canadian-French ( CRCCF) from the University of Ottawa.

Normand Labrie stands out for his work on linguistic pluralism, which he studied from several angles.


CREFO podcast

Podcast season 1

Find the very first season of the What's New? CREFO cafes on the site:


This season is entitled Education, Francophonies and Diversity and is hosted by Emmanuelle Le Pichon , Director of CREFO. 



Congratulations Dr. Chantal Fournier!


CREFO is pleased to announce that Chantal Fournier brilliantly defended her doctoral thesis and thus obtained the title of Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Curriculum and Pedagogy) on February 2, 2021.

The title of his thesis is “Professional Identity and Role of Teachers in French-Language Schools in Ontario”.




Camille Blanchard-Séguin at Rush Hour


Camille Blanchard-Séguin, MA student at OISE, was a guest on Radio-Canada's show L'heure de rush

She talks to us about inclusion and the French language and discusses the language strategies of teachers responsible for LGBTQ2 + groups.

Disappearance of Normand Frenette

Normand Frenette

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of our former colleague Professor Normand Frenette in July 2020.

Normand was Director of CREFO from 1979 to 1984 and Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (CTL) until his retirement in 2003. He has had a great influence in academia and research. development of the Franco-Ontarian education system.

CREFO pays tribute to him here .

What's up? The brand new CREFO podcast


Find CREFO podcasts on the  What's New?  CREFO cafes or on the Apple Podcasts  or  Spotify Podcasts platforms   by subscribing to  What's New? 

In this series, we meet researchers or actors / actresses in education. The themes addressed are education, Francophonies and diversity.

Professor Diane Gérin-Lajoie appointed fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC)


CREFO is very pleased to announce the appointment of Professor  Diane Gérin-Lajoie  as a Fellow of the  Royal Society of Canada (RSC) , class of 2020 (Academy of Social Sciences). Recipient of multiple research funds, Diane stands out for her significant contribution to the study of official language minorities in Canada.

Click  here  for the complete list of new members of the 2020 class.


Equity and Inclusion Project


Professional development project in inclusive education and action research with students on the themes of equity and inclusion.

The film Equity and Inclusion, a journey through school retraces the great moments of this project. Documentary directed by Endless Films Inc .


CREFO receives the July 3-1608 Prize

Read the press release of September 20, 2017

Price of July 3-1608

It is in particular for the quality, relevance and innovative scope of its scientific production and the accessibility it ensures, as well as for its commitment to the French-speaking community of Ontario and to all of Ontario. the North American Francophonie that the Superior Council of the French language awards to the Center for Research in Franco-Ontarian Education the July 3, 1608 Prize.



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