Emergency Debate on Program Cuts at Laurentian University

House of Commons Proceedings

Emergency Debate on Program Cuts at Laurentian University

Following a request by Charlie Angus, the NDP MP for Timmins–James Bay, Ont., members of Parliament hold an emergency debate concerning cuts to programs and faculty positions at Laurentian University. The Sudbury, Ont., institution is terminating 58 undergraduate and 11 graduate programs as well as roughly 110 staff positions as it restructures amid insolvency. Of those programs, 34 are English-language programs and 24 are French-language. The university announced on February 1, 2021, that it had started a court proceeding under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). Laurentian is the only public institution with a mandate to support francophone, Indigenous and working-class anglophone communities and provide them with an opportunity to access post-secondary education. (April 14, 2021)