Université de Hearst

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Coordinates: 49°42′27″N 83°39′55.58″W / 49.70750°N 83.6654389°W / 49.70750; -83.6654389

Université de Hearst
Motto ut cognoscante (That they might know You) Ecclesiasticus Chapter 36
Type Public
Established 1972
President Bernard Thibodeau
Rector Pierre Ouellette
Academic staff
Students 100
Undergraduates history, sociology, philosophy, psychology, French, geography, business and public administration
Address S. P. 580, 60, 9e Rue Hearst (Ontario) P0L 1N0, Hearst, Kapuskasing and Timmins, Ontario, Canada
Campus urban
Affiliations AUCC, IAU, AUFC
Website Université de Hearst

Université de Hearst (formerly Collège universitaire de Hearst) is a Canadian postsecondary institution with campuses in Hearst, Timmins and Kapuskasing, Ontario. It is a federated school of Laurentian University in Sudbury, and is the only exclusively francophone university-level institution in the province.


Université de Hearst offers university degree programs in French, covering areas of study such as history, sociology, philosophy, psychology, French and geography for Northeastern Ontario's franco-ontarian community. Furthermore it serves as a recruiting pool for the region’s elementary and secondary teachers.


The Université de Hearst is a member of L'Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne, a network of academic institutions of the Canadian Francophonie.[1]

Mission statement[edit]

L'Université de Hearst provides francophones in Northeastern Ontario access to university education by offering quality programs in the region.

Features and buildings[edit]

The Hearst campus located at 60 9th Street features an amphitheater, cafeteria and gymnasium. The Maurice-Saulnier library includes a variety of books and periodicals in French and English and a computer lab. The Kapuskasing campus is located at 7 Aurora Avenue. The Timmins campus is located at 395 Theriault boulevard.


During its foundation in 1953, the University of Hearst carried the name Collège universitaire de Hearst. This institution was founded by Louis Lévesque and financed by the population of the diocese of Hearst, Ontario with the intention of providing secondary education accessible to the French-speaking youth of the northeast of Ontario.

The Collège universitaire de Hearst was incorporated under the name Collège universitaire de Hearst in 1959 to focus on university studies; it became the Université de Hearst in 1972. The institution then ceased providing college programs to concentrate exclusively on the university programs. It was affiliated with the University of Sudbury in 1957 and later to Laurentian University in 1963.

Student life[edit]

In addition to providing educational programs, the institution contributes to the minority francophone community in Northern Ontario culturally, socially and economically.


The campus in Hearst features a dormitory on the second floor.


  1. ^ ACUFC

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