The Laurier-Greenway Compromise authorized the teaching of languages other than English in rural schools where at least 10 students spoke the language and in urban schools where at least 25 students spoke the language. This put French on an equal footing with Polish, Ukrainian, German, etc. Thirty minutes of religious education was also permitted after normal class hours.
The Laurier-Greenway Compromise was short-lived. In 1916, new legislation cancelled this provision and made English the only language of instruction in all Manitoba public schools.