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  • OPEN LETTER to the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board Trustees

    January 8, 2016

    January 7, 2016 Canadian Parents for French (Ontario) thanks the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) trustees for postponing your decision on the proposed changes to French instruction for Kindergarten and the primary Early French Immersion program, allowing for an extended community consultation period. Further to our Open Letter issued on October 31, 2015, we are reiterating our position that the OCDSB maintain or strengthen its current Early French Immersion program and we are…

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  • CPF ON response to FSL proposal following consultation

    November 2, 2015

    OPEN LETTER to the Ottawa-Carlton District School Board RE: Proposed Changes to French Instruction for Kindergarten and Primary Early French Immersion We commend the Ottawa-Carlton District School Board (OCDSB) for providing full access to all students for their early French immersion and middle French immersion programs, quality core French programs and attention to enrolment, retention and inclusion to Grade 12 in all FSL programs. OCDSB’s work in adopting the principles of the Common European…

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  • Keeping in Touch with CPF Friends

    September 29, 2015

    CPF Friends Newsletter/ "Our Story" The CPF Friends Newsletter was initiated several years ago by former CPF President Pat Brehaut (1990-93). It is a contact list of national Board members and a few others who were involved at the national level from 1977 to about 2000. Each year through this e-newsletter, they are given the opportunity to keep in touch with one another by sharing updates on their lives. The annual “Keeping in touch with CPF friends” also includes news about CPF which might…

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  • C’mon Macleans, Forty years later – Time to let go of out-dated notions!

    April 13, 2015

    On March 22, 2015 Maclean’s magazine published an article entitled “Just say ‘non’: The problem with French immersion” calling into question the effectiveness of the program in schools across the country. While some of what was addressed in the article incorporated several pockets of truth – like lack of access – we do not feel that what was published represented a fair or balanced understanding of the real issues affecting French Immersion (FI) or the positive influence it has had…

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  • Call for Nominations to the CPF National Board Now Open

    April 2, 2015

    Are you committed to strengthening French second language opportunities for youth in Canada? Canadian Parents for French is announcing a call for nominations to its National Board and we want you to join in on the action! The National Board of Canadian Parents for French is responsible for the governance and strategic direction of a national network 22,000 members strong. We are interested in individuals with a genuine interest in French language acquisition, an awareness of issues related to…

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  • Nicole Thibault Selected as Canadian Parents for French's New National Executive Director

    October 31, 2014

    OTTAWA - Canadian Parents for French (CPF) is pleased to announce the selection of a new National Executive Director. CPF congratulates Nicole Thibault on her appointment. Effective December 1, 2014, Ms. Thibault will be leading the Ottawa-based National staff under the stewardship of the CPF National Board of Directors. Ms. Thibault brings over 20 years combined leadership experience as an executive director, vice principal, educational consultant and teacher whose personal and professional…

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  • CPF National Concours in the “Birthplace of Confederation”

    May 14, 2014

    For Immediate Release Ottawa, May 14, 2014 – On Saturday May 24, Canadian Parents for French (CPF) is hosting its annual public speaking competition, CPF National Concours d’art oratoire 2014, in the “Birthplace of Confederation” Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The grand prize for the first place winners will have the opportunity to receive scholarships from the University of Ottawa, the University of Moncton, the University of Prince Edward Island, and the Université Sainte-Anne.…

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    May 8, 2014

    The Concours d’art oratoire is a public speaking contest organized by Canadian Parents for French for secondary students in French programs across Canada. Every spring, an estimated 80,000 students take part in this annual competition. The provincial finals took place on May 3 at the Best Western Laval in Laval, Québec. CPF was pleased to welcome 21 students from the Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Western Quebec School Boards, as well as their parents and teachers. The students were divided into three…

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  • New French Embassy in Canada website

    This is a new platform to showcase for French culture in Canada.

    April 14, 2014

    The French Embassy in Canada launched a new website francecanadaculture.org This is a new platform to showcase for French culture in Canada. Spreading information, sharing ideas and projects, reaching the largest possible audience, creating opportunities for discovery: these are the goals of francecanadaculture.org. As the new reference platform for French culture in Canada, this site will provide easy access to up-to-date information about events in our three major areas of focus: the arts,…

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  • 2014 CPF Volunteer Award

    Join CPF in honoring volunteers who have made a difference!

    April 11, 2014

    Recognize an outstanding volunteer in the community and participate in CPF’s biennial award. The national CPF Volunteer Award will be presented at this years’ Annual General Meeting 2014 to a volunteer who has shown exemplary service to Canadian Parents for French. To nominate an individual, we ask that you “paint a picture” of your nominee’s achievements by completing the CPF Volunteer Award Nomination Package available for download online or through your Branch/Chapter office. An…

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  • CPF Special General Meeting

    April 11, 2014

    The new Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (NFP Act) establishes a new set of rules for federally incorporated not-for-profit corporations in Canada. These new rules will replace Part II of the Canada Corporations Act (old Act), the law that has governed federal corporations including CPF for nearly a century. All organizations incorporated under the Canada Corporations Act, part II must transition to the Not-for-profit Corporations Act by October 17, 2014, or face dissolution. The Board has…

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  • Call for Nominations to the CPF National Board 2014

    April 1, 2014

    Are you committed to strengthening French second language opportunities for youth in Canada? Canadian Parents for French is announcing a call for nominations to its National Board and we want you to join in on the action! The National Board of Canadian Parents for French is responsible for the governance and strategic direction of a national network 22,000 members strong. We are interested in individuals with a genuine interest in French second-language (FSL) acquisition, an awareness of issues…

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  • 2012-2013 Strategic Planning Committee Membership Review

    April 1, 2014

    We are pleased to advise the completion of CPF’s 2012-2013 Strategic Planning Committee Membership Review. The SPC membership review was undertaken to ensure the ongoing health and sustainability of CPF’s membership model by reviewing best practices and understanding our own membership model. With that in mind, the report identifies several components to increase the effectiveness of our model and maximize the benefits for all. Some of the reports’ highlights are: Building a stronger…

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  • Canadian Parents for French welcomes the Commissioner of Official Language’s Annual Report

    November 8, 2013

    OTTAWA – Today, Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser tabled his seventh annual report. Canadian Parents for French (CPF) is pleased to see how the Commissioner continues to value French second-language instruction across Canada, and lauds his vision of creating a true continuum of learning from elementary schools to post-secondary institutions. CPF strongly agrees with the Commissioner that the “continuum is an important an integral part of preparing our young people to be productive…

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  • We are moving!

    June 26, 2013

    The CPF National Office is moving to a new location! To write to us at our new mailing address: Canadian Parents for French 1104-170 Laurier Ave. West Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5V5 Our phone* and fax numbers have remained the same at: Phone: 613-235-1481* Fax: 613-230-5940* Email: cpf@cpf.ca *Please note that CPF staff will have limited access to our phones during this transitional period and will not be back to full communications capacity until Thursday July 4. It is recommended that you…

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  • Affinity Program Discontinued

    June 5, 2013

    Please contact the Bank of Montreal at 1-800-263-2263 for information about how you can continue using your existing CPF Bank of Montreal Mosaic Mastercard following the discontinuation of the CPF Affinity Program.

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  • Concours d'art oratoire 2013 Winners

    May 27, 2013

    Canadian Parents for French (CPF) is pleased to announce the winners of the CPF National Concours d’art oratoire 2013, held on Saturday May 25 at the University of Ottawa. Read more

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  • Allons en France 2013

    March 4, 2013

    Grade 11 and 12 students can enter this Twitter-based contest today for a chance to win a summer trip to France! Contestants in “Allons en France” 2013 are invited to meet the challenge: Use eight of the 10 given words in four tweets (two per tweet) and include the hashtag #AEF2013. Read more...

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  • CPF National News, Winter/Spring 2013

    February 11, 2013

    Issue # 155 of CPF National News is now available for download! Highlights: Academically Challenged Students and FSL; National CPF Programming French at Any Age Calls for Nominations to the CPF National Board of Directors Download the newsletter here today!

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  • Mary Joyce Booth Endowment Fund 2013

    January 29, 2013

    The Mary Joyce Booth Endowment Fund is back for a second year – and after a successful pilot year targeting individual students and their families, CPF has adapted the program in 2013 to help reach more students! Any current CPF associate member organization (AMO) or CPF chapter can apply for a bursary of up to $1,000 towards a program initiative directly benefiting youth. Find out more here

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  • CPF Presentation to Official Languages Committee

    November 29, 2012

    Today, CPF President, Lisa Marie Perkins and National Executive Director Robert Rothon presented a brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages. The hearing was regarding Linguistic Duality in During the Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation. CPF presented a brief which stressed the importance of linguistic duality by providing recommendations which could be incorporated in the planning of the celebration. Based on the success of various CPF events,…

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  • 2011 Census Results: CPF Weighs In

    2011 Census Finds Positive Gains in Numbers of Bilingual Canadians

    October 25, 2012

    OTTAWA—On Wednesday, Statistics Canada released the findings of its much-anticipated 2011 Census. Since its release there has been an outpouring of information regarding Canada’s linguistic landscape. Some of the most prominent trends are those regarding the decrease of French and English speakers across the country. However, Canadian Parents for French sees some very positive numbers regarding bilingualism and linguistic duality across the country. Read More  

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  • CPF Publishes New Research Report

    Report Calls for More Support for Academically Challenged Students in French-Second-Language Education

    October 19, 2012

    Canadian Parents for French (CPF) has launched its tenth research report, entitled The State of French-Second-Language Education in Canada 2012: Academically Challenged Students and FSL programs. The 2012 report, the most recent in a line of publications exploring trends, challenges, and successes of French-second-language (FSL) education in Canadian schools, highlights the unique obstacles faced by students with learning difficulties in an FSL environment. The report features summaries of presentations…

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    Have your say in Canada's linguistic duality!

    Reminder: Consulations on Official Languages 2012

    September 12, 2012

    On June 26, CPF branches across Canada invited members to participate in an online questionnaire to help the Government of Canada inform the direction of the followup to the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2009-2014. CPF members were asked to fill out the questionnaire in name of supporting FSL…

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    Roadmap Consultations

    Help keep FSL education a priority in the Canadian government!

    August 14, 2012

    The Government of Canada is holding consultations on official languages across the country this summer. These consultations are designed to help the government decide on a successor to the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2008-2013, a 1.2 billion dollar investment in Official Languages which ends…

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  • CPF Hiring New Staff: Communications Officer

    June 28, 2012

    CPF is hiring a new communications officer!   Interested in joining the team that supports FSL education? Read More  

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    Announcing the Winners of the CPF National Concours d'art oratoire 2012

    May 29, 2012

    OTTAWA—Canadian Parents for French (CPF) is pleased to announce the winners of the CPF National Concours d’art oratoire 2012, held on Saturday May 26 at the University of Ottawa. The Concours d’art oratoire program draws students from across Canada in the competition that offers over $170,000…

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    Allons en France 2012

    April 23, 2012

    The 2012 contest is here, and we are excited to introduce a new category! In partnership with the Embassy of France, CPF invites you to participate in Allons en France and Dis-Moi Dix Mots 2012, a writing contest that will award one student a trip to France in the summer 2012. This year's edition…

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    CPF Camp Listings 2012

    April 23, 2012

    Download the document today for information on camps running in your community! Go to the CPF Camp Listings 2012

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    Open Letter to Minister James Moore

    April 23, 2012

    The Honourable James Moore, P.C., M.P. Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6 Dear Minister: The following member organizations of the French Second-language (FLS) Partner Network—Canadian Association of Immersion Teachers (CAIT), Canadian…

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