Spanish language should be integrated into the high school education curriculum in Ontario

Spanish language should be integrated into the high school education curriculum in Ontario

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Why this petition matters

Started by TO hablaespanol

Petition to the Government of Ontario and the City of Toronto


Premier Doug Ford

Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education

Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Opposition

Marit Stiles, NDP Education Critic

Mayor John Tory

Toronto District School Board

Toronto Catholic District School Board

Last year, April 23rd was officially recognized by the City of Toronto as “Día del Español” (Spanish Language Day). This year, we want to give this celebration a deeper, longer-lasting purpose. 

We, the Spanish-speaking citizens of Toronto and the Province of Ontario, together with all those who understand the value of a multilingual education, call upon you to:

1) Acknowledge the crucial role that the Spanish language plays in the lives of our citizens by integrating the Spanish language into the high school curriculum.

2) Ensure that the Spanish language be taught with credit status.

3) Bring to the City of Toronto a program similar to that of the International Spanish Academies that have proven so successful in Alberta.

This is an urgent matter because: 

Ontario continues to be the province of choice for most Spanish-speaking immigrants to Canada, with Toronto also being their preferred city in which to live.

Nearly 340,000 Spanish-speaking permanent residents have made Canada their home since 2002, ten per cent of whom have arrived within the last two years.

Sixty per cent of these new immigrants have established themselves in Ontario, specifically in Toronto. Fifty-five hundred international students from Latin America have chosen Ontario colleges and universities to pursue their post-secondary education.

Spanish-speaking Latin American nations including Cuba and Mexico remain favourite tourist destinations for Ontarians.

Spanish is the second language with the largest native population at a global level, spoken by 559 million people around the world.

Spanish is the second most-spoken language in the United States, Canada’s closest international business partner, and the official language of the US territory of Puerto Rico.

Canada is the most important investor in the financial, energy, and mining sectors of several Latin American countries (with imports rising 18.7% and exports 36.7% in the last year alone).

United, we call on our political and education representatives in both the City and the Province to do the right thing for our young students’ future, and, in so doing, help us open more doors for all young Canadians in this increasingly competitive world. 

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