Franco-Ontarian Students’ Association (RÉFO)
The Franco-Ontarian Students' Association (RÉFO) represents the 22 000 students who study in French-language college and university programs in Ontario. The RÉFO was founded in 2009 in order to represent francophone student issues across the province and to unite francophone voices throughout our 11 member institutions. Members are students at Collège Boréal, Collège La Cité, the University of Ottawa, Laurentian University, Glendon University College, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Université de Hearst, the University of Sudbury, Dominican University College, Saint Paul University and Collège d’Alfred.
Apart from ensuring the political representation of Franco-Ontarian students, the RÉFO also organizes multiple activities and gatherings during the year:
- "IMPACT" is a student leadership workshop aimed at giving students the tools and knowledge to bring positive changes to their campuses and communities;
- The "Franco-Ontarian Student Forum" offers an important discussion space for francophone students to unite and debate issues that affect them;
- RÉFO's "Annual General Meeting" unites our members to establish the organization's goals and political orientations, as well as elect our student representatives from our 11 member campuses;
- From November 2013 to October 2014, RÉFO organized a series of eleven Public Consultations on French-language Post-secondary Education in Ontario. The consultations united over 1 000 community leaders, students, professors and administrators in order to establish a series of collective priorities to guide the development of Ontario's French-language post-secondary network for the next 10 years.