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Date: 2019-09-13

Members of Canadian Parents for French want to hear about the importance of linguistic duality and official languages during the federal election 2019

Date: 2019-06-03

Youth compete, win big at Canadian Parents for French National Concours d’art oratoire

Date: 2019-05-22

Canadian Parents For French, National expresses serious concern following the TDSB announcements

Date: 2019-05-14

CPF Welcomes the Official Launch of the Department of Canadian Heritage Call for Projects, FSL Teacher Recruitment and Retention

Date: 2019-05-10

Canadian Parents for French welcomes the Commissioner of Official Languages recommendations for modernizing the Official Languages Act

Date: 2019-04-05

CPF’s 4th Annual FSL Awareness Breakfast Marks 50th Anniversary of the Official Languages Act

Date: 2019-03-29

CPF proud partner of the Bonjour My Friend! tour promoting linguistic duality

Date: 2019-03-20

Canadian Parents For French celebrates International Francophonie Day 2019

Date: 2019-02-13

CPF Supports the Commissioner’s Recommendations to Address FSL Teacher Supply/CPF appuie les recommandations du commissaire enjoignant à se pencher sur l’offre d’enseignants qualifiés de FLS

Date: 2018-11-19

CPF Ontario urges the provincial government to reverse cuts to the French Language Services Commissioner

Date: 2018-11-16

Canadian Parents for French decries cuts to French language services in Ontario

Date: 2018-10-11

Canadian Parents for French to release The State of FSL Education in Canada 2018 Report – Focus on FSL Teachers

Date: 2018-10-05

Canadian Parents for French Recognizes the Impact of Teachers at the Heart of FSL Education

Date: 2018-10-03

Canadian Parents for French Recognizes the Financial Support of the Government of Canada

Date: 2018-10-02

CASLT Awards Recipients

Date: 2018-03-28

Canadian Parents for French welcomes the Action Plan for Official Languages: Investing in Our Future.

Date: 2018-03-01

Canadian Parents for French welcomes the Federal Government’s support to Official Languages in Canada.

Date: 2017-12-19

Canadian Parents for French welcomes appointment of Raymond Théberge as Canada’s 7th Commissioner of Official Languages 

Date: 2017-10-18

Canadian Parents for French Introduces 2017 State of FSL Education in Canada Report

Date: 2017-10-06

Canadian Parents for French to release 2017 The State of FSL Education in Canada Report

Date: 2017-05-18

Canadian Parents for French Presents the 2017 National Concours d'art oratoire!

Date: 2017-02-24

Canadian Parents for French Celebrates National Inclusive Education Month: An Open Letter to Canadian Parents

Date: 2017-02-23

Canadian Parents for French Recognizes the Financial Support of the Government of Canada

Date: 2017-02-07

Canadian Parents for French Respond to Globe and Mail Article:

Date: 2016-12-21

Supporting FI Graduates Post-Secondary Learning, Supporting FI Teacher Mobility and Training

Date: 2016-11-08

Canadian Parents for French Congratulates the NB Government for Restoring Early French Immersion Grade 1 Entry Point

Date: 2016-11-08

Canadian Parents for French Congratulates the NB Government for Restoring Early French Immersion Grade 1 Entry Point

Date: 2016-11-01

CPF National Bids Adieu to Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages

Date: 2016-11-01

Canadian Parents for French Honors Service of our Volunteers and Staff

Date: 2016-08-31

National Survey on Official Languages and Bilingualism: OCOL Reveals Findings of Survey in Nielsen report

Date: 2016-06-08

French Immersion offers great opportunities, but it’s not perfect. So what?

Date: 2016-06-01

Announcing the Winners of the 14th Annual CPF National Concours d’art oratoire

Date: 2016-05-19

Canadian Parents for French Receives Commissioner’s Award of Excellence in the Promotion of Linguistic Duality

Date: 2016-05-17

Announcing the Winners of this Year's Québec Concours D’art Oratoire

Date: 2016-05-17

The National Concours d’art oratoire in Canada’s Capital Region!

Date: 2016-02-09

Canadian Parents for French Celebrates National Inclusive Education Month: An Open Letter to Canadian Parents

Date: 2015-12-07

CPF National Weighs in on Supreme Court Ruling

Date: 2015-10-28

Canadian Parents for French National Board Welcomes Newly Appointed Director, Dr. Wendy Carr PhD

Date: 2015-09-16

Canadian Parents for French wants to hear about importance of bilingualism during federal election

Date: 2015-06-19

Canadian Parents for French Welcomes the Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages, Aiming Higher: Increasing Bilingualism of our Canadian Youth

Date: 2015-06-17

Francophone Winners of CPF National’s Concours d'art oratoire!

Date: 2015-06-11

Early French Immersion Winners of CPF National’s Concours d'art oratoire!

Date: 2015-06-10

Late French Immersion Winners of CPF National’s Concours d'art oratoire!

Date: 2015-06-09

Extended Core French Winners of CPF National’s Concours d'art oratoire!

Date: 2015-06-08

Core French Winners of CPF National’s Concours d'art oratoire

Date: 2015-06-01

Thirteenth successful year of CPF National Concours d'art oratoire!

Date: 2015-05-15

Quebec Premier Couillard addresses Ontario Legislature; Governments Should Do More to Support French Language Learning Programs

Date: 2015-04-07

Canadian Parents for French celebrates the successful launch of its French Second Language Virtual Choir Project

Date: 2015-03-25

Canadian Parents for French receives approved funding for Quebec “Meeting the Needs of English Minority Community Parents and Students in Quebec” Project

Date: 2015-02-26

Canadian Parents for French Celebrates National Inclusive Education Month

Date: 2015-02-25

The CPF National Board Welcomes Newest Member Karen Lynch

Date: 2015-01-28

Canadian Parents for French Celebrates Increased Enrollment Trends in French Immersion

Date: 2014-12-17

Canadian Parents for French Encourages Policy Makers to Provide More Specialist Support for Learning Disabled Students in French Immersion

Date: 2014-11-13

Early French immersion change coming, says Education Minister Serge Rousselle

Date: 2014-10-30

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

Date: 2014-10-08

Canadian Parents for French welcomes the Commissioner of Official Languages 2013-2014 Annual Report

Date: 2014-09-17

CPF Welcomes the Government of Canada’s Response to the Report of the Standing Committee on Official Languages: The State of French Second-Language Education Programs in Canada

Date: 2013-12-03

CPF congratulates the government of Canada on the achievements of its Official Languages Support Programs

Date: 2013-11-08

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

Date: 2013-11-08

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

Date: 2013-10-10

Announcing Canadian Parents for French’s 37th Annual General Meeting

Date: 2013-05-29

Is English-French bilingualism really in decline?

Date: 2013-05-27

Announcing the Winners of the 11th Annual CPF National Concours d’art oratoire

Date: 2013-04-18

‘#French Is’ a success!

Date: 2013-04-17

CPF Selects Winners for Nationwide Memorial Fund Honouring Departed Teacher Mary Joyce Booth

Date: 2013-04-16

Canadian Parents for French meet with the Senate’s Standing Committee on Official Languages

Date: 2013-03-28

Canadian Parents for French welcomes a renewed Government commitment to Official Languages

Date: 2013-03-21

CPF applauds the renewal of the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages

Date: 2013-03-19

CPF Welcomes the Government of Canada’s response to After the Roadmap

Date: 2013-02-21

Open letter to Liberal Leadership Candidates

Date: 2013-02-06

Why is French immersion really so popular - CPF response to Margaret Wente article

Date: 2013-02-01

CPF Response to Canadian Living article

Date: 2012-11-26

CPF Welcomes "After the Roadmap"

Date: 2012-11-06

2011 Census Finds Positive Numbers in Canada's Bilingual Labour Force

Date: 2012-10-25

2011 Census Finds Positive Gains in Numbers of Bilingual Canadians

Date: 2012-10-19

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

Date: 2012-05-29

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

Date: 2012-05-25

Advisory: $20,000 scholarship to be awarded to each of five grand prize winners in national French-language public speaking competition

Date: 2012-01-13

Open Letter to Minister Moore In Support of CBC/Radio-Canada

Date: 2011-10-11

CPF To Host 35th National AGM October 15 in Charlottetown

Date: 2011-07-19

Robert Rothon Selected as Canadian Parents for French's New National Executive Director

Date: 2011-06-22

An Open Letter from James Shea: This Is My Canada

Date: 2011-06-21

Allons en France 2011 contest awards Canadian student with a trip to France

Date: 2011-05-30

Announcing the Winners of the CPF National Concours d’art oratoire 2011

Date: 2011-04-29

CPF Asks for Reversal of CBE Decision

Date: 2011-03-23

Announcing the winners of Français pour mon succès 2011!

Date: 2011-01-14

CPF National's Executive Director James Shea Announces Retirement

Date: 2010-10-19

Immersion Graduates Take Control of Canadian Parents for French

Date: 2010-10-15

Canadian Parents for French Publishes Research Report in Support of Canada’s French-Second-Language Programs

Date: 2010-05-31

Canadian Parents for French (CPF) and the University of Ottawa select five Canadian students to win $20,000 scholarship

Date: 2010-05-27

Beyond Obligations: Canada's Responsibility

Date: 2009-10-30

Research report an important step in addressing students’ post-secondary linguistic needs

Date: 2009-09-10

Canadian Parents for French Mourns The Loss of Dr. Wallace Lambert

Date: 2009-09-10

Canadian Parents for French Proudly Supports Signing of Official Languages in Education Protocol

Date: 2009-06-02

Allons en France 2009 contest awards three students a trip to France

Date: 2009-06-02

$20,000 Scholarships Awarded to Five Canadian Students for Excellence in Public Speaking

Date: 2009-05-26

"One Common Space" an Important Goal for Canada’s Future

Date: 2009-03-18

CPF Video Promotes a Healthy Bilingual Identity

Date: 2009-02-04

40 years of bilingualism represents a right, not a burden

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Members of Canadian Parents for French want to hear about the importance of linguistic duality and official languages during the federal election 2019

Ottawa, ON, September 13, 2019 – As Canada enters its 43rd general election, Canadians are concerned with a number of issues that affect their lives. CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH has released a backgrounder and five key questions on behalf of their 25,000 members regarding the importance of linguistic duality and official languages in Canada.

  • 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Official Languages Act. Linguistic duality and our two official languages are an integral part of the Canadian identity and a fundamental value of our country.
  • Parental demand for French immersion programs exceeds the supply, limiting enrolment and denying many students the opportunity to learn their second official language. There is currently a shortage of FSL teachers across Canada to expand the access to programs.
  • Over 40 years of research has demonstrated the impressive French-second-language skills of FSL graduates. Opportunities to continue French-second-language education do not exist in every province and territory. This limits the supply of bilingual Canadians to meet the demand from national and global economies.

CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH is calling on all federal election candidates to share their party position and provide answers to the following questions:

  1. What will your party do to ensure that a modernized Act is more inclusive of all Canadians and particularly enshrining access to FSL learning for all Canadians?
  2. How will your party demonstrate national leadership and strong direction to provincial governments to respect the wishes of parents and meet the demand for French immersion programs in every community, remote and rural areas?
  3. What measures does your party support to ensure FSL graduates can fully participate in la Francophonie, having access to French cultural spaces and French services solidifying their learning and contributing to a bilingual Canada?
  4. What type of investment will your party make to ensure that post-secondary students have access to French-second-language studies in their own province or territory? And how will this include collegial studies and the trades?
  5. What does your party plan to do to help remedy the FSL teacher shortage? How does your party plan to increase the rate of bilingualism among English-speaking Canadians to support economic growth?

Canadian Parents for French looks forward to hearing from all candidates and will post all responses on their website cpf.ca.


Les membres de Canadian Parents for French veulent entendre parler de l’importance de la dualité linguistique et des langues officielles durant l’élection fédérale 2019.


Ottawa, ON – 13 septembre, 2019 —
Au moment même où le Canada amorce sa 43e élection générale, les Canadiens sont préoccupés par bon nombre de défis qui ont un impact sur leurs vies. CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH a publié un document d’information ainsi que cinq questions clés de la part de leurs 25 000 membres, portant sur l’importance de la dualité linguistique et des langues officielles au Canada.

L’année 2019 marque le 50e anniversaire de la Loi sur les langues officielles. La dualité linguistique ainsi que nos deux langues officielles sont partie intégrante de l’identité canadienne et constituent une valeur fondamentale de notre pays.

  • La demande parentale pour les programmes d’immersion française excède l’offre, ce qui limite les inscriptions et prive bon nombre d’étudiants de l’opportunité d’apprendre leur seconde langue officielle. En effet, il y a actuellement une pénurie d’enseignants en français langue seconde (FLS) à travers le Canada, ce qui empêche l’expansion de l’accès aux programmes.
  • Plus de 40 ans de recherches ont confirmé les compétences accrues des diplômés en français langue seconde. Les opportunités d’entreprendre une éducation en FLS ne sont pas offertes dans tous les provinces et territoires. Cela limite à son tour le nombre de Canadiens bilingues pouvant répondre à la demande des économies nationale et globale.

CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH fait appel à tous les candidats à l’élection générale afin qu’ils partagent la position de leurs partis sur les questions qui nous occupent et qu’ils répondent aux questions suivantes :

  1. Que fera votre parti afin d’assurer qu’une Loi sur les langues officielles modernisée soit plus inclusive de tous les Canadiens, et comment ferez-vous précisément pour assurer l’enchâssement de l’accès à l’apprentissage du FLS pour tous les Canadiens ?
  2. Comment votre parti exercera-t-il son leadership auprès des gouvernements provinciaux afin que soit respectée la demande des parents concernant la disponibilité des programmes d’immersion dans chaque communauté y inclus les régions éloignées et rurales?
  3. Quelles mesures votre parti appuie-t-il afin d’assurer aux diplômés en FLS une pleine participation à la Francophonie, d’avoir accès aux espaces culturels et à des services en français qui leur permettent d’approfondir leur apprentissage et contribution à un Canada bilingue ?
  4. Quels types d’investissements votre parti compte-t-il faire pour permettre aux étudiants de niveau postsecondaire un accès aux études du FLS dans leur propre province ou territoire ? Comment proposez-vous d’inclure cet accès aux études collégiales et les métiers?
  5. Que compte faire votre parti pour remédier au manque d’enseignants en FLS ? Comment votre parti compte-t-il accroître le taux de bilinguisme auprès des Canadiens anglophones, afin de promouvoir la croissance économique ?

Canadian Parents for French attend avec impatience d’entendre tous les candidats se prononcer sur ces questions et affichera les prises de position de chacun sur son site web au cpf.ca.

Canadian Parents for French (CPF) favorise le bilinguisme, crée et promeut des opportunités pour les jeunes Canadiens d’apprendre et d’utiliser le français.

Pour plus d’information veuillez joindre
Marcos Salaiza, Coordonnateur national, projets et communication
Tél: 613.235.1481 x222 Courriel : msalaiza@cpf.ca

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Youth compete, win big at Canadian Parents for French National Concours d’art oratoire

OTTAWA, ON On June 1, 2019, forty-seven high school youth from across Canada travelled to the National Capital Region to compete in the 17th annual Concours d’art oratoire national finals.

The Concours d’art oratoire is a national French-language speaking competition that offers French second language high school students a chance to showcase their speaking skills among their peers. Concours prizes include over $500,000 in scholarships from the University of Ottawa, Université de Moncton, University of Alberta – Campus St. Jean, Université Sainte-Anne and Université de Saint-Boniface.

Of the 62,000 students who took part in Concours across Canada, 47 competed at the national finals. In order to qualify for national finals, participants competed and won in their home province or territory. Students presented original speeches that they created on a subject of their choosing. The students competed in five categories based on their level of French language proficiency. Topics included multiculturalism and civic engagement, as well as the importance of learning French as a second language.

For the first time this year, the National Concours also included the Impromptu division, where students received their topic on-site and delivered an impromptu speech entirely in French.

Participants spent two nights in the National Capital Region and participated in several bilingual excursions, including a tour of the House of Commons and a guided historic walk through downtown Ottawa.

The winners of the 2019 CPF National Concours d’art oratoire are:

Level 1

First Place: Shubhneet Thind (Winnipeg, MB)

Second Place: Kaitlyn Lu (Surrey, BC)

Third Place: Alina Sami (Saskatoon, SK)

 

Level 2
First Place: Angelina Shaw (Toronto, ON)

Second Place: Antonio Martin-Ozimek (Edmonton, AB)

Third Place: Raiha Shareef (Regina, SK)

 

Level 3       
First Place: Mohamed Elnagary (Winnipeg, MB)

Second Place: Rory Shortall (Clarke’s Beach, NL)

Third Place: Pol Colome–Cuenca (Kensington, PE)

 

Level 4
First Place: Tyler Woodburn (Gatineau, QC)

Second Place: Elizabeth Landry (Salisbury, NB)

Third Place: Christianne Camba (Regina, SK)

 

Level 5 

First Place: Xavier Champagne (Winnipeg, MB)

Second Place: Malika Yoh (Regina, SK)

Third Place: Amanda Peel (Chelsea, QC)

 

 

 

 

Impromptu

First Place: Yi Fei Tao (Ottawa, Ontario)

Second Place: Sebastian Nicoll (Ottawa, Ontario)

Third Place: Alice Chen (Oakville, Ontario)

 

To see photos of the event visit CPF National’s Facebook page: http://bit.ly/CPFNationalConcours2019

CPF National thanks all participants, parents, judges, sponsors and volunteers that were able to join us for the weekend. Your support is instrumental for promoting French second language learning and the importance of linguistic duality across Canada.

This project has been made possible in large part by the Government of Canada.

Canadian Parents for French is a nationwide, research-informed, volunteer organization that promotes and creates opportunities to learn and use French for all those who call Canada home.

 

For more information:
Lee-Anne Lavell, Network Coordinator, Project Communications and Digital Media
Tel: 613.235.1481 x222 Email: llavell@cpf.ca

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Canadian Parents For French, National expresses serious concern following the TDSB announcements

Ottawa, May 22nd, 2019 - CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH, National is expressing concern following the announcement of the funding cuts to the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and the impact such a decision could have on the 28,000 students currently enrolled in French immersion programs across the country. 6,500 of these students are bused and would be directly impacted if transportation cuts are approved.

The decision comes in the wake of the Ontario government’s financial cuts to education, leaving school boards scrambling to balance their own budgets, and in this case, make a decision that directly impacts student outcomes and the opportunity to become proficient in both official languages.

All Canadian students should have access to a wide variety of effective, evidence based French as a second language (FSL) programs from Grades one to 12. Access to French immersion programs is often limited in various, ongoing ways, such as excluding students who need transportation to get to school and students who cannot access after school care that works in conjunction with French immersion program schedules.

Between 2003 and 2013, Canada saw a 52% increase in French immersion enrolment, although access is unequal across the country. The Federal government has set an objective to increase the bilingualism rate of the Canadian population to 20% (from the existing 17.9%) by 2036. Provincial and territorial governments need to set out an overarching vision that will support and ensure the opportunity for all Canadians to learn their second official language and affirm the benefits of a bilingual and multilingual Canada.

Derrek Bentley, CPF National Vice President and a French immersion alumnus from Manitoba, said: "Having lived the majority of my school life in immersion, it's disappointing to know that, following the cuts, other young people may not have the opportunities I had to learn and live in French. All young Canadians should have the opportunity to learn both of Canada's official languages and quality French immersion programs are an essential way to do this."

Canadian Parents for French believes that our two official languages are an essential tool for inclusion and integration of all Canadians into our diverse society and will be monitoring the deliberations and decisions of educational authorities closely.

 

For more information:

Lee-Anne Lavell, CPF Network Coordinator, Project Communications and Digital Media

(613) 235-1481 x 222

llavell@cpf.ca

Canadian Parents for French is a nationwide, research-informed, volunteer organization that promotes and creates opportunities to learn and use French for all those who call Canada home.

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CPF Welcomes the Official Launch of the Department of Canadian Heritage Call for Projects, FSL Teacher Recruitment and Retention

Ottawa, May 14th, 2019 - CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH applauds the announcement made yesterday by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, inviting project proposals to address recruitment or retention activities for French as a second language and immersion teachers across Canada. This national strategy is part of the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023 announced in March 2018, with $31.3 million new funding allocated over four years to address the shortage of qualified French-speaking teachers working in French-as-a-second-language programs across the country. The call for proposals is being launched with the goal of funding projects that will help better understand the shortage, while increasing capacity to recruit and retain French teachers.

CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH has long monitored the situation of school jurisdictions across the country that struggle to maintain a sufficient supply of qualified French as a second language teachers to respond to the continually increasing demand for French immersion programs, as well as more core French and intensive French program options.

In addition, a national roundtable on French as a second language will be established to bring together stakeholders including federal, provincial and territorial governments and FSL community stakeholder organizations to discuss French second-language education and the teacher supply and demand issue. This action was put forward as the first recommendation identified by the Commissioner of Official Languages in the study titled, Accessing Opportunity, released on February 13th 2019, with the primary goal being to implement sustainable solutions with tangible impacts that can be duplicated across the country.

CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH agrees it is crucial to emphasize greater efforts for collaboration among the provinces and territories, in consultation with FSL stakeholder associations, faculties of education and school jurisdictions. We look forward to working with interested stakeholders in putting into action viable long term solutions to retaining FSL teachers and improving access to quality FSL programs for all Canadian students.

To read more on the state of FSL teacher supply in Canada, the OCOL study is available at: https://www.clo-ocol.gc.ca/en/publications/studies/2019/accessing-opportunity-fsl. Visit the CPF National website at https://cpf.ca/en/research-advocacy/advocacy/.

For more information:

Lee-Anne Lavell

CPF Network Coordinator, Project Communications and Digital Media

(613) 235-1481 x 222

llavell@cpf.ca

Canadian Parents for French is a national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.

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Canadian Parents for French welcomes the Commissioner of Official Languages recommendations for modernizing the Official Languages Act

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - May 10th, 2019 – The Commissioner of Official Languages, Raymond Théberge, has tabled his 2018-19 annual report, which provides an overview of the status of official languages in Canada, and his recommendations for modernizing the Official Languages Act which align closely to our organization’s position.

The Commissioner emphasizes the importance of taking a holistic approach to modernizing the Act while ensuring it is relevant, dynamic and strong. According to the Commissioner, it must be a reflection of modern Canadian society, keep pace with social and technological changes, and offer effective tools for implementation.

Canadian Parents for French supports the Commissioner’s recommendations for modernizing the Official Languages Act, including the Commissioner’s recommendation to establish a coordinated national strategy for funding related to French as a Second Language education as outlined in the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023. Better coordination is needed, along with accountability and monitoring mechanisms to ensure the investments are strategic and provide the largest possible impact.

The 4 recommendations in the annual report and 18 recommendations in the position paper support the effective protection of Canadians’ language rights while promoting linguistic duality across Canada with focus on assuring access to public services in both official languages and removing barriers that exist in terms of the public’s ability to access bilingual services; and increasing the public’s awareness of the fact that they have the right to be served in both official languages. The Commissioner’s report and position paper can be found on OCOL’s website at https://www.clo-ocol.gc.ca/.

Canadian Parents for French believes our two official languages are an essential tool for inclusion and integration of all Canadians into our diverse society. Setting out an overarching vision within a modernized Official Languages Act will ensure the opportunity for all Canadians to learn their second official language and affirm the benefits of a bilingual and multilingual Canada. CPF has a longstanding working relationship with the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, and this report illustrates our common vision to see a fully bilingual country.

For more information:

Lee-Anne Lavell

CPF Network Coordinator, Project Communications and Digital Media

(613) 235-1481 x 222

llavell@cpf.ca

 

Canadian Parents for French is a national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.

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CPF’s 4th Annual FSL Awareness Breakfast Marks 50th Anniversary of the Official Languages Act

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - April 5th, 2019 - Canadian Parents for French (CPF) held the 4th annual French Second Language (FSL) Awareness Breakfast, bringing together FSL champions to consider how to engage all Canadians in modernizing the Official Languages Act.

More than 70 participants were in attendance at the event, including members of both the Standing Senate and the House of Commons Committees on Official Languages and key partner organizations. Co-hosts Kyle Peterson, Member of Parliament for Newmarket-Aurora, and Francis Drouin, Member of Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, emphasized the importance of reaching out, whether to francophone Canadians or to anglophone Canadians, to engage in the important conversation on the role of the Official Languages in Canada’s bilingual future, in order to increase the rate of bilingualism to 20% by 2036.

Supporting FSL education and French Immersion means we are reaching out and creating more bilinguals and more “allies” to support the use of French language services across Canada. There are currently 400,000 students enrolled in French Immersion every year. The demand continues to grow – especially in the western provinces. Such is the demand that findings suggest we could fill another 100,000 spaces if the programs were available everywhere across the country.

CPF Network projects underway in collaboration with key partners were featured, including Accent Quebec, Accessing Opportunity, a study on challenges in FSL education teacher supply and demand in Canada, and the coming launch of the newly established Linguistic Duality Network. An invitation was shared for the release of the next State of FSL Education in Canada Report on October 19th, 2019 which will focus on the current state of FSL programs. For more information on CPF Network projects, visit our website, cpf.ca.

The breakfast concluded with a call to action for FSL champions to promote an Official Languages Act that supports universal access to FSL education for all Canadians in order to strengthen linguistic duality across Canada for the next fifty years.

For more information:

Lee-Anne Lavell

CPF Network Coordinator, Project Communications and Digital Media

(613) 235-1481 x 222

llavell@cpf.ca

 

Canadian Parents for French is a nationwide, research-informed, volunteer organization that promotes and creates opportunities to learn and use French for all those who call Canada home.

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CPF proud partner of the Bonjour My Friend! tour promoting linguistic duality

OTTAWA, ON – March 29, 2019 - Canadian Parents for French invites all Canadians to take part in the Bonjour My Friend! tour, which launched on March 20th to coincide with International Francophonie Day. The tour is organized by the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue in collaboration with the Office of The Commissioner of Official Languages and the Language Portal of Canada.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act, which was passed in 1969 to recognize the equal status of French and English with respect to their use in Canadian public institutions.

To recognize and celebrate this anniversary, the Bonjour My Friend! tour ambassadors, Laura Lussier and Shaunpal Jandu, will be travelling across the country, interviewing Canadians on the importance of the Official Languages Act and reflecting on what it means to live in a country with two official languages. At each destination, they will meet with students, professionals, public servants and community groups. Each destination will include an event and discussion where audience members are encouraged to share their own views on linguistic duality and its importance to our country.

Canadian Parents for French is a partner of the Bonjour My Friend! tour and encourages all Canadians to participate in the tour’s activities as it travels across Canada. The caravan will spend 50 days crossing the country. The tour’s first stop is in Victoria, BC on April 15th, and then moves east, wrapping up in St. John’s, Newfoundland in late June. CPF Branches across Canada will help support public engagement at stops along the tour, ensuring that English-speaking Canadians of all ages are reached in order to join the conversation around the importance of linguistic duality in promoting a more bilingual Canada.

There will also be opportunities to participate remotely: interested participants are invited to submit a video through the virtual gallery on the website to share their thoughts on linguistic duality.

For more information visit www.bonjourmyfriend.ca and stay tuned for updates on Facebook and Twitter @bonjourmyfrien1.

 

For further information:

Lee-Anne Lavell

CPF Network Coordinator, Project Communications and Digital Media

(613) 235-1481 x 222

llavell@cpf.ca

 

Canadian Parents for French is a national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.

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Canadian Parents For French celebrates International Francophonie Day 2019

OTTAWA, ON – March 20, 2019 – Every March 20th provides an opportunity for Canadian communities to celebrate the French language, history and cultures. Join Canadian Parents for French as we celebrate la Journée internationale de la Francophonie and take part in the 21st edition of les Rendez-vous de la francophonie.

This year, CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH is highlighting the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act in 2019, and with this milestone, the importance of the official languages of our country, the strength of those who speak them and their resolve to anchor bilingualism in the fundamental values of our society. Linguistic duality is at the heart of Canadian Confederation, signaling the commitment of English and French speaking Canadians to work together to make our country thrive.

Many studies show that parental involvement facilitates student success. Anglophone parents seek to support a stimulating linguistic environment and support French as a Second Language (FSL) learning with cultural enrichment activities for their children. CPF encourages Francophile parents and FSL learners to participate in local, regional and national events taking place during les Rendez-vous all across Canada. It is an opportune time to recognize the importance of FSL education within Canada, to interact with native French speakers and to fully enjoy the benefits of learning French. The ability to communicate in more than one language fosters creative, empathetic and adaptive people who access far-reaching opportunities and enhance the social and economic prosperity of our country.

La Journée Internationale de la Francophonie marks the signing of the Niamey Convention in Niger on March 20th, 1970, establishing the agency that now promotes events taking place in eighty countries around the world where French is spoken.

To learn more about events taking place on March 20th in Canada, visit www.rvf.ca, and around the world, visit OIF’s website: http://www.20mars.francophonie.org/.

For further information:

Lee-Anne Lavell

Network Coordinator, Project Communications and Digital Media

(613) 235-1481 x 222

llavell@cpf.ca

Canadian Parents for French is a nationwide, research-informed, volunteer organization that promotes and creates opportunities to learn and use French for all those who call Canada home.

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CPF Supports the Commissioner’s Recommendations to Address FSL Teacher Supply/CPF appuie les recommandations du commissaire enjoignant à se pencher sur l’offre d’enseignants qualifiés de FLS

CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH, NATIONAL was pleased to work with the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages in the elaboration of the study,  Accessing Opportunity, released today in Vancouver, BC.

The increased awareness of the cognitive, cultural, economic, social and employment benefits of learning French as a Second Language (FSL) has contributed to the rising enrolment in FSL programs. Canadian parents expect their children to be able to fully participate in the public and cultural life of our bilingual country.

CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH has long monitored the struggles of school jurisdictions across the country in maintaining a sufficient supply of qualified French as a second language (FSL) teachers to respond to continually-increasing demand for French immersion, core French and intensive French program options.

The federal government’s Action Plan for Official Languages, Investing in Our Future 2018-23 stated that between 2003 and 2013, Canada saw a 52% increase in French immersion enrolment, although access is unequal across the country. An investment of $31.29 million was earmarked to recruiting and retaining teachers for French immersion and French as a second language programs.

CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH has promoted the benefits involved in pursuing a career in FSL teaching and the importance of opportunities for teachers to maintain their language proficiency and linguistic confidence. As stated by Dr. Wendy Carr, CPF National Board Director, “Becoming a French teacher is an amazing option, but it is not the only one for bilingual immersion graduates. Given the study findings that Core, Extended and Intensive program graduates are equally drawn to teaching French, let’s encourage graduates of all FSL programs to consider this exciting career option.”

The Commissioner’s recommendations to ensure the best strategic use of these funds by establishing a coordinated national strategy, and emphasizing greater efforts for collaboration among the provinces and territories in consultation with FSL stakeholder associations, faculties of education and school jurisdictions are fundamental.

CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH looks forward to working with OCOL and interested stakeholders in putting into action viable long term solutions to retaining FSL teachers and improving access to quality FSL programs for all Canadian students, and urges the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Council of Ministries of Education, Canada to include measures to monitor this progress via future Official Languages in Education Program agreements.

For more information, please contact: Nicole Thibault, Canadian Parents for French, National Executive Director, nthibault@cpf.ca

Canadian Parents for French is a nationwide, research-informed, volunteer organization that promotes and creates opportunities to learn and use French for all those who call Canada home.


L’organisme national CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH a été heureux de collaborer avec le Commissariat aux langues officielles (CLO) à l’élaboration du rapport Accès aux possibilités, qui est publié aujourd’hui à Vancouver, en Colombie‑Britannique.

La sensibilisation accrue aux avantages cognitifs, culturels, économiques, sociaux et professionnels de l’apprentissage du français langue seconde (FLS) a contribué à la hausse du nombre d’inscriptions dans les programmes de FLS. Les parents canadiens escomptent que leurs enfants pourront participer pleinement à la vie publique et culturelle de notre pays bilingue.

CPF surveille depuis longtemps la lutte que mènent les autorités scolaires pour maintenir une offre suffisante d’enseignants qualifiés de FLS, afin de répondre à la demande sans cesse croissante en programmes d’immersion française, de français de base et de français intensif.

Dans le Plan d’action pour les langues officielles du gouvernement fédéral, Investir dans notre avenir 2018‑2023, il est indiqué qu’entre 2003 et 2013, il y a eu au Canada une augmentation de 52 % du nombre d’inscriptions en immersion française, bien que l’accès ne soit pas uniforme dans l’ensemble du pays. Un investissement de 31,29 millions de dollars a été consacré au recrutement et au maintien en poste d’enseignants aux fins des programmes d’immersion française et de français langue seconde.

CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH fait valoir les avantages d’une carrière dans l’enseignement du FLS. Comme l’a affirmé, Mme Wendy Carr, membre du conseil d’administration national: « Devenir un enseignant de français est une possibilité inouïe, mais ce n’est pas la seule pour les diplômés en immersion bilingue. Compte tenu des conclusions de l’étude selon lesquelles les diplômés de tous les programmes de français sont également attirés vers l’enseignement du français, encourageons donc les diplômés de tous les programmes de FLS à envisager cette possibilité de carrière captivante ».

Les recommandations du commissaire, qui visent à assurer la meilleure utilisation stratégique de ces fonds en établissant une stratégie nationale coordonnée et en soulignant le besoin de plus grands efforts de collaboration entre les provinces et les territoires en consultation avec les associations d’intervenants en FLS, les facultés d’éducation et les autorités scolaires, sont fondamentales.

CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH se réjouit de collaborer avec le CLO et les parties intéressées à la mise en œuvre de solutions à long terme viables pour maintenir en poste les enseignants de FLS et améliorer l’accès à des programmes de FLS de qualité, pour tous les étudiants canadiens, et invite le ministère du Patrimoine canadien et le Conseil des ministres de l’Éducation du Canada à prévoir des mesures pour surveiller ces progrès, grâce à de futures ententes dans le cadre du Programme des langues officielles en enseignement.

Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec Nicole Thibault, directrice nationale, Canadian Parents for French, à nthibault@cpf.ca. Canadian Parents for French est un réseau national de bénévoles qui valorise la langue française comme composante intégrale du Canada et qui se dévoue à la promotion et à la création d’occasions d’apprentissage du français.

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CPF Ontario urges the provincial government to reverse cuts to the French Language Services Commissioner

Mississauga (ON), November 16, 2018 - Canadian Parents for French (Ontario) stands with our partners in the Franco-Ontarian community, the Office of the Commissioner of French Language Services, L’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO), le Collège Boréal, le Collège Glendon and Groupe Média TFO. We call on Caroline Mulroney, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs to reverse the government‘s decision to cut funding to them French language Services Commissioner and l’Université de l’Ontario français.” stated Denise Massie, CPF Ontario President.

Canadian Parents for French (Ontario) believes in a Canada where French- and English-speakers live together in mutual respect with an understanding and appreciation of each other’s language and culture and where linguistic duality forms an integral part of society.

In 2013, CPF Ontario supported the adoption of Bill 106 to make the French Language Services Commissioner an officer of the Legislature to ensure strong oversight of Francophone rights in Ontario, as did MPPs from all parties.

CPF works to increase the number of Official Language bilinguals in Ontario by creating and promoting opportunities for youth to learn and use French. L’Université de l’Ontario français is an important initiative to increase postsecondary opportunities for Franco-Ontario and francophile youth, building on Ontario’s academic and economic status in Canada and on the broader world stage.

Contact:
Betty Gormley
Executive Director
Canadian Parents for French (Ontario)
905-601-2957
bgormley@on.cpf.ca

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Canadian Parents for French decries cuts to French language services in Ontario

Ottawa – November 16, 2018 – The Canadian Parents for French network across Canada condemns the decision by Ontario’s Conservative government to abolish the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner and cancel plans to create a new French-language university.

“The French Language Services Commissioner, François Boileau, has served all Ontarians, informing and educating Anglophones on the linguistic rights of the minority language community, while ensuring linguistic rights holders were protected. His leadership has been exemplary in bringing the language groups together, increasing understanding of the importance of the principle of linguistic duality to Canada,” said CPF National President Nancy McKeraghan.

“Today, we stand in solidarity with all Franco-Ontarians and our French-speaking partner organizations in calling for the Ford government to reconsider these cuts which will have important implications on Ontario’s French language minority community,” McKeraghan concluded.

CPF National notes that during the leadership race for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, Doug Ford promised to support the creation of a French-language university in Ontario, a promise that was renewed by his party during the recent provincial election. The province has now canceled plans to create a new French-language university.

For further information, please contact:

Clémence Charruyer
CPF National Coordinator, Communication, Digital Media and Marketing
(613) 235-1481 x 222
ccharruyer@cpf.ca 

 

Canadian Parents for French is a nationwide, research-informed, volunteer organization that represents 25,000 members across Canada and champions the opportunity to learn and use French for all those who call Canada home.

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Canadian Parents for French to release The State of FSL Education in Canada 2018 Report – Focus on FSL Teachers

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Canadian Parents for French Recognizes the Impact of Teachers at the Heart of FSL Education

OTTAWA, ON - Canadian Parents for French, National would like to acknowledge and thank every teacher that has and continues to impact our lives. Thanks goes out especially to the dedication of French as a second language teachers, providing all students in Canada the opportunity to learn French in a program that meets their needs and aspirations.

World Teacher’s Day 2018 is a reason for celebration, as it marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that recognizes education as a key fundamental right and establishes an entitlement to free compulsory education, ensuring inclusive and equitable access for all children.

Each year the Canadian Teachers Federation recognizes this milestone date with a unique theme, this year being “Teachers, the Heartbeat of Public Education”. Canadian Parents for French advocates for universal access to FSL education for all Canadian students. With the current challenge of maintaining an adequate supply of FSL teachers across Canada, it is an opportune time to recognize the added efforts required from French as a second language teachers and the “heart” that they put into their work to benefit their students every day, opening opportunities for youth across Canada to adopt bilingual or multilingual lifestyles. French as a second language plays a key role in integrating newcomers into Canadian society.

On this special day, join us, Canadian Parents for French, the Canadian Teachers Federation and its member organizations in over 100 countries, in celebrating World Teachers’ Day. Thank your child’s classroom teacher, and especially your school’s FSL teachers, to show them we all recognize and appreciate the work they do every day to promote a bilingual Canada.

Canadian Parents for French is a nationwide, research-informed, volunteer organization that promotes and creates opportunities to learn and use French for all those who call Canada home.

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Canadian Parents for French Recognizes the Financial Support of the Government of Canada

OTTAWA, ON - Canadian Parents for French, National would like to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage for its supplementary contribution in the amount of $332,000 to help our organization carry out its core program activities. The funding will be allocated over two government fiscal years 2018-2020.

These new investments were announced as part of the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023: Investing in our Future. In May, confirmation was received that over 300 organizations would benefit in this supplementary funding to increase their capacity. The Government of Canada heard the pleas of organizations requesting a cost of living allowance adjustment to sustain their impact in communities across Canada through existing core activities and programs.

It is in large part due to this assistance that Canadian Parents for French, as a Pan-Canadian Network has been able to provide leadership and oversight to a volunteer network of 25,000 members as well as support 10 Branches and offices on the ground in every province and territory for over forty years. Furthermore, much of CPF’s work has also gone towards informing and influencing educational decision makers and increasing public awareness of the importance of French second language education in Canada.

This supplementary contribution will solidify the Canadian Parents for French volunteers’ collective efforts to fulfill our mandate towards promoting and creating opportunities for students to learn and use French. Working together, CPF can increase our impact across the country and help the Department of Canadian Heritage promote a Bilingual Canada, share our rich linguistic and culturally diverse stories to build a strong and inclusive Canada, and reach the objective to increase the bilingualism rate of the Canadian population to 20% by 2036. We look forward to continuing our important work together in the years to come.

Canadian Parents for French is a nationwide, research-informed, volunteer organization that promotes and creates opportunities to learn and use French for all those who call Canada home.

 

OTTAWA (ONTARIO) – Canadian Parents for French, National tient à remercier le ministère du Patrimoine canadien de son apport supplémentaire de 332 000 $, qui a pour but d’aider notre organisation à mener les activités de ses programmes de base. Ces fonds seront répartis sur deux exercices gouvernementaux, soit de 2018 à 2020.

Ces nouveaux investissements ont été annoncés dans le cadre du Plan d’action pour les langues officielles – 2018-2023 : Investir dans notre avenir. En mai, nous avons reçu la confirmation que plus de 300 organisations bénéficieraient de ce financement supplémentaire, en vue d’augmenter leur capacité. Le gouvernement du Canada a entendu les requêtes des organisations qui demandaient un rajustement de l’indemnité de vie chère pour maintenir leur impact dans les nombreuses communautés au Canada, au moyen de leurs activités et programmes de base.

C’est en grande partie grâce à cette aide que Canadian Parents for French, en tant que réseau pancanadien, a été en mesure d’assurer le leadership et la surveillance d’un réseau de bénévoles comprenant 25 000 membres, en plus d’appuyer 10 succursales et bureaux dans chacun des provinces et des territoires depuis plus de quarante ans. En outre, une bonne partie du travail de CPF a été consacré à informer et à influencer les décideurs en matière d’éducation, ainsi qu’à sensibiliser le public à l’importance de l’enseignement du français langue seconde au Canada.

La présente contribution supplémentaire renforcera les efforts collectifs que déploient les bénévoles de Canadian Parents for French pour s’acquitter de notre mandat, soit de promouvoir et de créer des occasions d’apprendre et d’utiliser le français pour les étudiants. En travaillant de concert, CPF peut augmenter notre impact partout dans le pays et aider le ministère du Patrimoine canadien à promouvoir un Canada bilingue, à partager notre riche diversité linguistique et notre histoire culturellement diversifiée pour bâtir un Canada fort et inclusif, ainsi qu’à atteindre l’objectif d’augmenter le taux de bilinguisme de la population canadienne à 20 p. 100 d’ici 2036. Nous comptons bien poursuivre ensemble notre œuvre importante au cours des années à venir.

Canadian Parents for French est un réseau national de bénévoles qui valorise la langue française comme composante intégrale du Canada et qui se dévoue à la promotion et à la création d’occasions d’apprentissage du français.

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CASLT Awards Recipients

On September 28, 2017, the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers announced the recipients of the Robert Roy Award and the Honorary Lifetime Member Award.

The Robert Roy Award was received by Dr. Wendy Carr, Vice President of the National Board of Directors at Canadian Parents for French. The Robert Roy Award, named in memory of the late founding president of CASLT, is awarded yearly to a distinguished educator, teacher educator and/or researcher who has significantly contributed to the advancement of FSL education. Carr was recognized for her ground-breaking research and her development of applied training for second language educators in British Columbia. In her address, Dr. Carr highlighted the power of the collective and thanked the many individuals, institutions and organizations with whom she has worked over the years, and who contribute to moving second language education forward in Canada. Carr is a professor in the Faculty Education at the University of British Columbia where she led its French teacher education program for many years.

The Honorary Lifetime Member Award was received by Valerie Pike, Treasurer of the National Board of Directors at CPF. The Honorary Lifetime Member Award is awarded yearly to individuals who have significantly contributed to the advancement of the teaching and learning of languages. In her address, Pike thanked the second language learning community with whom she has collaborated throughout her career, in Canada and internationally.  She also underlined the pivotal role of students who are “our employers; we work for them,” reminding all present that “we succeed when they shine.” Pike also highlighted the value of distance learning as a tool that can help students to become proficient in their second language, even when they reside in rural or remote areas, or other locations where language classes may be more difficult to access. Pike is a second language educator who has been inspired by students in French immersion, core French and International Studies programs.

CPF congratulates the recipients for their initiative and dedication to making French as a second language available to all Canadians. Keep up the good fight!

 

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Canadian Parents for French welcomes the Action Plan for Official Languages: Investing in Our Future.

OTTAWA – Today the federal government revealed Investing in Our Future 2018-23 Action Plan for Official Languages.  Canadian Parents for French is ecstatic with the investment of $499 million ($2.7 billion over 5 years) into Canada’s Official Languages, the largest investment in official languages in our country’s history. During the launch, the government representative expressed an openness to collaborate with organizations to focus these funds according to identified specific needs.

During the reveal of the Action Plan, Prime Minister Trudeau stated “this is great news, not only for minority language communities but for all of Canada.” And the Action Plan highlights the Governments support for Official Languages in Canada. Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly highlighted that “we all have responsibilities that both of our linguistic communities remain vibrant.”

The Action Plan includes an objective to increase the bilingualism rate of the Canadian population to 20% (from the existing 17.9%) by 2036. The investments focus on three principal areas – strengthening communities, improving access to services, and promoting a bilingual Canada. The increase of core funding for organizations will assist Canadian Parents for French in moving forward with our mandate of furthering bilingualism by creating and promoting opportunities for youth to learn and use French.

The Plan states an investment of $31.29 million in recruiting and retaining teachers for French immersion and French as a second language, equal to the amount being invested for teachers in minority schools.

CPF National Executive Director, Nicole Thibault stated “we have been waiting for an Action Plan like this, the federal government listened to FSL community stakeholders and the support for student incentives to pursue postsecondary education in French, cultural projects and the creation of community spaces are important ways to lay the groundwork to further and normalize official language bilingualism in Canada.”

 

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Canadian Parents for French is the national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which furthers bilingualism by creating and promoting French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.

 

Information:

Shaunpal Jandu, Project and Public Affairs Lead
Tel: 613.235.1481 x222 Email: sjandu@cpf.ca

 

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Canadian Parents for French welcomes the Federal Government’s support to Official Languages in Canada.

OTTAWA, ON – Canadian Parents for French welcomes the Federal Government’s support to Official Languages in Canada.

On February 27, 2018, the Federal Budget outlined plans to provide $400 million in new funding over the next five years starting in 2018-19, with an additional $88.4 million per year ongoing, in support of the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-23.

This investment is close to four times the amount allocated in 2017 and illustrates the Federal Government’s commitment to the importance of Official Languages in Canada.

The Federal Budget plans to allocate funding towards several areas including

  • Community organizations to ensure that they are able to continue to provide important services for individuals in their communities, to welcome newcomers, and to foster early childhood development.
  • Development of an interactive application to make it easy for Canadians to learn English or French as a second language.
  • The recruitment and retention of teachers who teach French and English as a second language.

 

These areas of funding support CPF’s mission to further bilingualism by promoting and creating opportunities for students to learn and use French.

After a recent meeting with Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly, Canadian Parents for French National President, Nancy McKeraghan, was optimistic of the outlook of the Budget.  After yesterday’s announcement, Ms McKeraghan stated that “It is excellent to see the federal government is taking Official Languages in Canada seriously and these monies will be of great assistance in promoting French as a second language in Canada.”

“We are very pleased to see that the priorities shared by education stakeholders during the Consultation on Official Languages are featured in the budget including an understanding that community organizations are pivotal in the promotion of bilingualism.” Stated Canadian Parents for French National Executive Director, Nicole Thibault, “There is a high parental demand for access to French Immersion programs and this financial support will enable schools districts to provide quality programs across the country.”

Canadian Parents for French is a nationwide, research-informed, volunteer organization that furthers bilingualism by promoting and creating opportunities to learn and use French for all those who call Canada home.

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Canadian Parents for French welcomes appointment of Raymond Théberge as Canada’s 7th Commissioner of Official Languages 

OTTAWA, ON – Following official endorsement by the House of Commons on December 13, 2017, Canadian Parents for French congratulates Raymond Théberge on his recent appointment as Canada’s newest Commissioner of Official Languages. Having worked with the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages throughout the years, we are confident that under his leadership and guidance we will continue to see an expansion of opportunities for Canadian students to learn, use and speak French as second language.

 “The focus on providing quality French Second Language learning opportunities for students in Canada contributed to building the national network of Canadian Parents for French,” says Nancy Mckeraghan, CPF National President. “We are pleased that with the appointment of Raymond Théberge as Commissioner we will continue to see prioritization of official language bilingualism nationwide.”

Théberge’s multi-disciplined background in government, academia, as well as the nonprofit sector, alongside more than 30 years of service to minority official language communities in Canada, makes him well prepared for the role of Commissioner. As an organization that supports its advocacy efforts through the application of evidence based research, we wholly commend the value Théberge places on using a research approach to strengthen and protect language rights in Canada.

Canadian Parents for French once again applauds Raymond Théberge on his new role as Commissioner of Official Language and looks forward to building a successful and collaborative relationship as we endeavor to promote and advance linguistic duality across Canada.

Canadian Parents for French wishes to thank the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages for its commitment to the enrichment of linguistic duality in Canada as well as for its continued support of CPF’s mission. We anticipate many more opportunities to work together in the championing of French second language learning opportunities for all those who call Canada home.

Canadian Parents for French is the national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.


OTTAWA (Ontario) – À la suite de l’appui officiel donné par la Chambre des communes le 13 décembre 2017, Canadian Parents for French (CPF) félicite Raymond Théberge de sa récente nomination à titre de plus récent commissaire aux langues officielles du Canada. Ayant collaboré avec le Commissariat aux langues officielles tout au long des années, nous sommes convaincus que sous la direction et l’orientation de M. Théberge, nous continuerons d’observer un élargissement des possibilités, pour les élèves canadiens, d’apprendre, d’utiliser et de parler le français en tant que langue seconde.

 « L’accent qui est mis sur le fait de procurer des possibilités d’apprentissage de qualité du français langue seconde pour les élèves du Canada a contribué à la mise en place du réseau national de Canadian Parents for French, déclare Nancy Mckeraghan, présidente nationale de CPF. Nous sommes heureux qu’à la suite de la nomination de Raymond Théberge à titre de commissaire, nous continuerons d’être témoins de la priorité accordée au bilinguisme des langues officielles dans tout le pays. »

M. Théberge est bien préparé pour le rôle de commissaire, vu ses antécédents multidisciplinaires dans les milieux du gouvernement, des universités et du secteur sans but lucratif, conjointement avec plus de 30 années au service des communautés de langue officielle en situation minoritaire au Canada. En tant qu’organisme qui appuie les efforts de promotion grâce à l’application de la recherche fondée sur les données probantes, nous nous réjouissons sans réserve de l’importance que M. Théberge attache à l’application d’une approche axée sur la recherche en vue de renforcer et de protéger les droits linguistiques au Canada.

Canadian Parents for French félicite de nouveau Raymond Théberge de son nouveau rôle de commissaire aux langues officielles. L’organisme est impatient d’établir une relation fructueuse et collaborative alors que nous cherchons à promouvoir et à faire avancer la dualité linguistique dans l’ensemble du Canada.

Canadian Parents for French tient à remercier le Commissariat aux langues officielles de son engagement à l’égard de l’épanouissement de la dualité linguistique au Canada ainsi que de son appui continu à la mission de CPF. Nous prévoyons beaucoup d’autres occasions de collaborer à la défense des possibilités d’apprentissage du français langue seconde pour tous ceux qui considèrent le Canada comme leur foyer.

Canadian Parents for French est un réseau national de bénévoles qui estiment que le français fait partie intégrante du Canada, et qui se consacrent à promouvoir et à créer des occasions d’apprentissage du français langue seconde pour les jeunes Canadiens.

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Canadian Parents for French Introduces 2017 State of FSL Education in Canada Report

Ottawa, ON – On Friday, October 13th Canadian Parents for French introduced the 2017 issue of its widely popular research series The State of French Second Language Education in Canada report in Gatineau, QC.

The recently-revived report, which examines current French as a second language (FSL) research findings, focuses on FSL students’ experience, proficiency and inclusion, was well received by all in attendance.  Canadian Parents for French was pleased to welcome guests from both the French first language and French as a second language communities as well as partners and stakeholders working collaboratively to promote the advancement of official language bilingualism in schools across Canada.

Useful as a resource tool, the report helps inform decision makers, federal and provincial/territorial authorities on the importance of equality of access for all students wishing to enroll in FSL programs. Planning for future reports has already begun; next year’s edition will address current issues in FSL teacher education, retention and recruitment, while the 2019 edition will focus on FSL program delivery.

Canadian Parents for French would like to thank members of its national research committee, in particular, co-chairs Dr. Sharon Lapkin, Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto and Dr. Wendy Carr, University of British Columbia and principal investigators and contributors from the University of Ottawa, the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto and University of New Brunswick and Nippissing University for their support in the development of the 2017 report.

As  a nationwide, research-informed, volunteer organization that champions the opportunity to learn and use French for all those who call Canada home, this report is symbolic of the goals to which we are committed. Download your free copy of The State of French Second Language Education in Canada 2017: http://bit.ly/2ksRMUC

Canadian Parents for French is the national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.


Ottawa, ON – Vendredi 13 octobre, Canadian Parents for French présentait, à Gatineau, au Québec, le numéro de 2017 de sa populaire série de recherche intitulée L’état de l’enseignement du français langue seconde au Canada.

Ce rapport récemment relancé, qui examine les résultats de recherche récents sur le français comme langue seconde (FLS) et qui se concentre sur l’expérience, la compétence et l’inclusion des étudiants de FLS, a très bien été reçu par l’ensemble des personnes présentes. Canadian Parents for French était ravi d’accueillir des membres des communautés francophones et de langue seconde, ainsi que des partenaires et intervenants travaillant en collaboration pour promouvoir l’avancement du bilinguisme officiel dans les écoles de l’ensemble du pays.

Utile en tant qu’outil de ressource, le rapport sert à éclairer les décideurs et les autorités fédérales, provinciales et territoriales quant à l’importance de l’égalité d’accès pour tous les étudiants souhaitant s’inscrire à un programme de FLS. La planification en vue des rapports futurs a déjà commencé. Le numéro de l’an prochain abordera les questions de l’heure en formation, maintien en poste et recrutement des enseignants en FLS, alors que le numéro de 2019 portera sur la prestation de programmes de FLS.

Canadian Parents for French tient à remercier les membres de son comité national de recherche, en particulier les coprésidentes, Sharon Lapkin, Ph. D., de l’Institut d’études pédagogiques de l’Ontario, à l’Université de Toronto, et Wendy Carr, Ph. D., de l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique, et les principaux enquêteurs et contributeurs de l’Université d’Ottawa, de l’Institut d’études pédagogiques de l’Ontario, de l’Université de Toronto, de l’Université du Nouveau-Brunswick et de l’Université Nipissing pour leur aide dans élaboration du rapport de 2017.

En tant qu’organisme bénévole national axé sur des données probantes qui milite pour offrir à tous ceux qui habitent le Canada la possibilité d’apprendre et d’utiliser le français, le présent rapport est symbolique des objectifs envers lesquels nous nous sommes engagés. Téléchargez votre copie gratuite du rapport L’état de l’enseignement du français langue seconde au Canada https://cpf.ca/fr/recherche-defense-interets/recherch/letat-de-lenseignement-du-fls-au-canada/

Canadian Parents for French est un réseau national de bénévoles qui estiment que le français fait partie intégrante du Canada, et qui se consacrent à promouvoir et à créer des occasions d’apprentissage du français langue seconde pour les jeunes Canadiens.

 

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Canadian Parents for French to release 2017 The State of FSL Education in Canada Report

OTTAWA, ON - Canadian Parents for French is pleased to revive its widely popular research series: The State of French-Second-Language (FSL) Education in Canada Report in 2017.

Upon ongoing request from government stakeholders and researchers the annual research report will explore the various challenges and changes taking place within the French second language education movement across the country.

This report, led by CPF National Research Support Committee Chairs Dr. Sharon Lapkin, Professor Emerita at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Toronto and Dr. Wendy Carr, Associate Dean of Teacher Education at the University of British Columbia, takes an in-depth look at contemporary French as a second language research findings with a focus on topics such as: teaching strategies which enhance student engagement and accuracy; proficiency and the prediction of student success; as well as student experience and inclusion.

Additionally, a three year content outline has been developed for future editions of the report, of which will highlight French second language teacher education, recruitment and retention as well as French as a second language program delivery.

The State of FSL Education in Canada Report will be launched on October 13th, 2017 at the Hilton Hotel Lac-Leamy, Gatineau, Quebec, with a brief overview of the report findings by the principal investigators. The report will be subsequently posted on the CPF National website at: http://bit.ly/2ksRMUC

Canadian Parents for French is the national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.

Canadian Parents for French publie L’état de l’enseignement du français langue seconde au Canada de l’an 2017

OTTAWA, ON – Canadian Parents for French est heureux de relancer sa série de recherches très populaire : L’état de l’enseignement du français langue seconde (FLS) au Canada en 2017.

Suite à la demande continue des intervenants du gouvernement et des chercheurs, ce rapport annuel de recherches étudiera les défis et les changements variés qui ont lieu au sein du mouvement de l’enseignement du français langue seconde dans l’ensemble du pays.

Ce rapport, dirigé par les présidentes du Comité national de soutien de la recherche, la Dre. Sharon Lapkin, Professeure émérite à l’Ontario Institute for Studies in Education et la Dre. Wendy Carr, Vice-doyenne de la formation des enseignants à la University of British Columbia, examine en détail les résultats des recherches contemporaines sur le français langue seconde en se penchant plus particulièrement sur des domaines tels que les stratégies d’enseignement qui favorisent l’engagement des élèves aussi bien que la justesse; les compétences et la prédiction de la réussite des élèves; ainsi que les expériences des élèves et l’inclusion.

En outre, un sommaire du contenu pour les trois prochaines années a été élaboré pour les prochaines éditions du rapport, qui souligneront la formation, l’embauche et le maintien en poste des enseignants du français langue seconde, aussi bien que la prestation des programmes de français langue seconde. L’état de l’enseignement du français langue seconde (FLS) au Canada sera publié le 13 octobre 2017 à l’Hôtel Hilton Lac-Leamy à Gatineau, au Québec, avec un bref aperçu des constatations du rapport par les enquêteurs principaux. Le rapport sera ensuite publié sur le site Web national de CPF à l’adresse suivante: http://bit.ly/2ksRMUC

Canadian Parents for French est un réseau national de bénévoles qui estiment que le français fait partie intégrante du Canada, et qui se consacrent à promouvoir et à créer des occasions d’apprentissage du français langue seconde pour les jeunes Canadiens.

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Canadian Parents for French Presents the 2017 National Concours d'art oratoire!

OTTAWA, ON - Canadian Parents for French is happy to present the 15th annual CPF National Concours d’arts oratoire public speaking competition on Saturday, June 3, 2017 in Gatineau, QC.
The event brings together the best and brightest senior high school students from across the country to flaunt their French second language learning skills, meet new people, and vie for the chance to win one of several grand prizes.

Students who won first prize at the school, then regional and finally provincial / territorial levels will be presenting their speeches in one of five categories: 1 - Basic French, 2 – Extended French, 3 - Late Immersion, 4- Early Immersion, and 5 - Francophone.

Grand prize winners will have the option to receive scholarships from the University of Ottawa, Université de Saint Boniface, Université de Moncton, or Université Sainte-Anne. Second-place and third-place winners have the option of receiving scholarships from the University of Ottawa, or Université de Saint Boniface. All national finalists who compete will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to the University of Ottawa.

We look forward to welcoming students and parents to the Nation’s capital for a weekend filled with French, fun and excitement!
Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m. (Welcoming Remarks and Opening Ceremony)
Place: Four Points by Sheraton Gatineau, 33 Laurier Street, Gatineau, QC
Spokespersons: Derrek Bentley,CPF National Board of Director; Nicole Thibault, Executive Director, CPF National

Canadian Parents for French is the national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.

OTTAWA, ON - Canadian Parents for French est heureux de présenter la 15e édition du Concours d’art oratoire national le samedi 3 juin 2017 à Gatineau, au Québec.

L’événement rassemble les meilleurs et les plus brillants étudiants du secondaire de deuxième cycle de l’ensemble du pays pour leur donner l’occasion de mettre en valeur leurs aptitudes dans l’apprentissage du français langue seconde, de faire connaissance avec de nouvelles personnes et de rivaliser pour courir la chance de gagner l’un des nombreux grands prix.

Les étudiants qui ont gagné le premier prix au niveau de l’école, puis au niveau régional, et enfin au niveau provincial ou territorial présenteront leurs discours dans l’une des cinq catégories suivantes : 1 – français fondamental, 2 – français enrichi, 3 – immersion tardive, 4 – immersion précoce et 5 – francophone.

Les lauréats du grand prix ayant obtenu la première place auront l’option de recevoir des bourses d’étude de l’Université d’Ottawa de l’Université de Saint Boniface, de l’Université de Moncton, ou de l’Université Sainte-Anne. Les lauréats qui ont obtenu la deuxième et la troisième place ont l’option de recevoir des bourses de l’Université d’Ottawa, ou de l’Université de Saint Boniface. Tous les finalistes à l’échelle nationale qui participent recevront une bourse d’études de 1 000 $ pour étudier à l’Université d’Ottawa.

Nous nous réjouissons à l’idée d’accueillir des étudiants et des parents dans la capitale nationale pour une fin de semaine remplie de français, d’amusement et d’effervescence!

Date : Le samedi 3 juin 2017
Heure : 9 h. (Mot de bienvenue et cérémonie d’ouverture)
Endroit : Four Points by Sheraton Gatineau, 33, rue Laurier, Gatineau (Québec)
Porte-parole : Derrek Bentley, Conseil d’administration national de CPF; Nicole Thibault, directrice générale, CPF national

Canadian Parents for French est un réseau national de bénévoles qui estiment que le français fait partie intégrante du Canada, et qui se consacrent à promouvoir et à créer des occasions d’apprentissage du français langue seconde pour les jeunes Canadiens.

Renseignements
Shaunpal Jandu, Responsable des projets et des affaires publiques
Tél. : 613.235.1481 poste 222
Courriel : sjandu@cpf.ca

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Canadian Parents for French Celebrates National Inclusive Education Month: An Open Letter to Canadian Parents

OTTAWA, ON - Canadian Parents for French and our 26,000 members enthusiastically support National Inclusive Education Month. We believe all students should have the opportunity to learn both of Canada’s official languages in order to participate fully in Canada’s economy, governance and society.

In company with all education programs, French second language programs in Canada are challenged to meet the different needs of learning disabled and other special need students. The difference is that special education services are provided to English program students, while their peers in French immersion are quite often denied service and transferred out of immersion. Although all ministries of education have general policies that ensure access to education for students with special education needs, in practice, they are not necessarily applied to French immersion students.1

Many FSL teacher education candidates in FSL do not learn about special need students and that “opportunities to alert teacher candidates to already known research about [learning disabled] students” are missed. This is most unfortunate as teacher education candidates demonstrate increased sensitivity to student needs and enhanced ability to address these needs when provided with factual information and pedagogical strategies.2

CPF is encouraged by a renewed focus on inclusive education as it applies to FSL education for academically-challenged students. Classroom teachers, school districts, faculties of education, and ministries of education alike are setting aside discredited assumptions about the unsuitability of immersion for academically-challenged students and beginning to implement research-based strategies based on over 40 years of French second language research.

We commend the Ontario Ministry of Education for its 2015 publication: Including Students with Special Education Needs in French as a Second Language Programs which notes that at-risk readers benefit from participation in the Immersion program by virtue of the transfer of phonological awareness across languages and of the more explicit teaching of reading strategies in immersion programs. It also notes that there were no significant differences between struggling readers in the English and French immersion programs, and no improvement in achievement when students are transferred out of immersion.3

CPF encourages parents to consult Supporting Students with Special Education Needs in French as a Second Language: A Parent Guide, developed by an Ontario school board. This welcome resource provides useful information about being involved, monitoring progress, working with educators and advocating for your child.4

CPF is hopeful that these documents will empower parents and encourage ministries of education and school districts across the country to welcome academically-challenged students to French immersion programs, and to provide appropriate special education support. As the Parent Guide says,there is a place for all learners in Ontario FSL classrooms.

1. Mady, C. (2015) French as a Second Language Teacher Candidates’ Conceptions of Allophone Students and Students With Learning Difficulties, Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics 18( 2), Ottawa file:///C:/Users/jhawkins/Downloads/21532-37418-1-PB%20(4).pdf
2. Mady, C. (2015) French as a Second Language Teacher Candidates’ Conceptions of Allophone Students and Students With Learning Difficulties, Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics 18( 2), Ottawa file:///C:/Users/jhawkins/Downloads/21532-37418-1-PB%20(4).pdf
3. Ontario Ministry of Education (2015) Including Students with Special Education Needs in French as a Second Language Programs, Toronto: Author http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/amenagement/includingFLS2015.pdf
4. Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic School District (2015) Supporting Students with Special Education Needs in French as a Second Language: A Parent Guide,Ontario: Author

Canadian Parents for French is a nationwide, research-informed, volunteer organization that champions the opportunity to learn and use French for all those who call Canada home.

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Canadian Parents for French Recognizes the Financial Support of the Government of Canada

OTTAWA, ON - Canadian Parents for French, National would like to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage for its contribution in the amount of $2,490, 000 to help our organization carry out its core program activities. Additionally, Canadian Parents for French, National has received a contribution in the amount of $360,000 to support Canadian Parents for French Quebec and Nunavut projects: Youth, Parents & Member Engagement, all under the Enhancement of Official Languages Program, Promotion of Linguistic Duality Component. All funding will be allocated over three government fiscal years 2017-2020.

It is in large part due to this assistance that Canadian Parents for French, National has been able to provide leadership and oversight to a volunteer network of 26,000 members as well as support 10 Branches on the ground in every province and territory. Furthermore much of CPF’s work has also gone towards informing and influencing educational decision makers and increasing public awareness of the importance of French second language education in Canada.

The Government of Canada’s financial support, over the next three years, will allow CPF and the collective efforts of Canadian Parents for French volunteers to continue fulfilling our mandate towards furthering bilingualism by promoting and creating opportunities for students to learn and use French. Working together, CPF can increase our impact across the country and help the Department of Canadian Heritage promote our rich linguistic and cultural diversity sharing our stories to build a strong and inclusive Canada. We look forward to continuing our important work together in the years to come.

Canadian Parents for French is a nationwide, research-informed, volunteer organization that champions the opportunity to learn and use French for all those who call Canada home.

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Canadian Parents for French Respond to Globe and Mail Article:

On February 5th 2017, Ms Alphonso's article Quality of French-immersion teachers questioned as demand soars in Canada highlights the importance of the supply, recruitment and retention of FSL teachers to provide accessible quality language learning programs, particularly in BC. This is indeed a complex and challenging landscape and is not quite so black and white as this article presents. A deeper, more nuanced conversation in the media is needed. The article could have shared possible solutions to the challenges related to employing well-prepared FSL teachers and encouraging teacher mobility among provinces, supporting continued opportunities for professional learning to address teacher proficiency, and sharing initiatives already underway in certain jurisdictions.

Canadian Parents for French clearly advocates for equitable access to all FSL programs for all learners everywhere in the country. French immersion graduates are an important source of future education professionals. Benefits of careers in second language teaching must be highlighted. A shortfall of teachers creates barriers to access which cites the importance of supporting teachers working in the field, of revitalizing the second-language teaching profession. Inviting French teachers who have moved from immersion into the English stream, e.g., by providing subsidies to take French language immersive courses to boost their proficiency and share promising practices with other immersion educators and/or providing teachers with opportunities to continue their professional learning in the summer.

The House Standing Committee on Official Languages latest report, Toward a New Action Plan for Official Languages, highlights the issue of French Immersion teacher mobility and training. While teaching jobs are quickly filled in urban jurisdictions, rural areas are chronically understaffed requiring more Francophone and bilingual teachers. CPF supports measures to encourage interprovincial/ territorial mobility for students and graduates in the area of education; possible incentives such as financial measures to offset tuition fees for those entering FSL education programs, for those in-service educators seeking continuing professional education, as well as for those willing to move outside metro areas to teach as mechanisms that could go a long way to helping alleviate the current challenges.

The article is well timed, however, as the Federal government is developing a new strategy for official languages. Canadians have an opportunity to prioritize second language learning and target investments to champion bilingualism. Establishing pan-Canadian mechanisms to ensure a sufficient supply of qualified French-second-language teachers, developing recruitment campaigns, and bringing all its educational partners together will improve access to French second language programs for all Canadians. As well, the upcoming negotiations between the Federal government and the provincial / territorial Ministries of Education provide an a timely leadership opportunity to bring forth clear actions in support for education staff and research to ensure a sufficient supply of FSL teachers and improve access to all FSL programs. This opportunity should not be ignored. Provincial-level working groups need to be established to examine and enhance recruitment and retention strategies and share these across jurisdictions. Teacher federations must review working conditions for core and immersion teachers as research has shown that these can have a deleterious effect on the retention of these educators.

Governments at every level – school board, provincial and federal – must work together to collect data and take appropriate and collaborative action to support second official language learning. The supply, recruitment and retention of FSL teachers depend on administrative and political decisions made at the regional or school district / division level. This situation can be improved with informed strong leadership that addresses the needs of the communities they serve.

Long term staffing plans for teacher recruitment and retention initiatives can be enhanced by investments through the Federal government bilateral agreements with the provincial / territorial ministries of education. French Immersion has proven its worth and will continue to do so by being the most effective way to teach French as a second language.

Canadian Parents for French is the national network of volunteers, representing 26,000 members, which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.

For further information: Shaunpal Jandu, Public Relations Lead, sjandu@cpf.ca, Telephone: 613-235-1481.

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Supporting FI Graduates Post-Secondary Learning, Supporting FI Teacher Mobility and Training

Ottawa, ON – December 19, 2016 – Canadian Parents for French applauds the House Standing Committee on Official Languages latest report: Toward a New Action Plan for Official Languages and Building New Momentum for Immigration in Francophone Minority Communities. The report highlights several areas of importance requiring improvement within the realm of Official Languages. Specific recommendations reflects on the status of post-secondary immersion graduates entering into francophone institutions to pursue their studies in French and the issue of French Immersion teacher mobility and training. While teaching jobs are quickly filled in urban jurisdictions, rural areas are chronically understaffed requiring more Francophone and bilingual teachers.

Canadian Parents for French stands in support of the recommendations put forth by The Standing Committee on Official Languages on the following actions:

CPF supports measures to establish an infrastructure of specialized services to support students coming from French immersion programs who enroll in Francophone post-secondary institutions;
• CPF supports measures to increase the availability of programs offering courses in French to support students coming from French immersion programs and who want to pursue their studies in French;
• CPF supports a focus on measures to encourage interprovincial/territorial mobility for students and graduates in the area of education; possible incentives such as financial measures to offset tuition fees for those entering FSL education programs, for those in-service educators seeking continuing professional education, as well as for those willing to move outside metro areas to teach could go a long way to helping alleviate the current challenges.

We know that current committee members are focusing on providing an inclusive perspective and recognize the importance of rapprochement with Francophiles to ensure the vitality of Francophone post-secondary institutions.

The above propositions would work together to alleviate and address the problems French as a Second Language students face when trying to access post-secondary education in French. Canadian Parents for French and its 26,000 parent members offers its full cooperation to the House Standing Committee on Office Languages and the Government of Canada as they begin implementation of the next federal strategy for Official Languages.

Canadian Parents for French is the national network of volunteers, representing 26,000 members, which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.

For further information:
Shaunpal Jandu, Public Relations Lead, sjandu@cpf.ca, Telephone: 613-235-1481.

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Canadian Parents for French Congratulates the NB Government for Restoring Early French Immersion Grade 1 Entry Point

OTTAWA, ON - Canadian Parents for French is pleased to learn that the Government of New Brunswick has decided to reinstate Grade 1 as the entry point for early French immersion in that province.

On behalf of the entire nationwide network of the 26,000 volunteers who make up Canadian Parents for French, we congratulate the government of New Brunswick and the CPF New Brunswick Branch on this news. The reinstatement of Grade 1 as the early immersion entry point comes eight years after the former Liberal government decided to change the entry point to Grade 3.

The CPF network applauds the work of all parents, school officials, education stakeholders and ministers, as well as the CPF Branch staff and Board for their advocacy efforts towards ensuring the best possible means for students to succeed in learning French as a second language.
We especially commend the government of New Brunswick and Premier Gallant for realigning their position to follow the recommendations of researchers and experts in the field of learning French as a second language. Premier Gallant’s assertion that learning a second language, or languages in general, is best accomplished at a young age, is well supported by research.

As a nationwide, research-informed, volunteer organization that champions the opportunity to learn and use French for all those who call Canada home, Canadian Parents for French offers its complete support to the Premier and the New Brunswick government as they work to make improvements to the previous Grade 1 immersion program and include initiatives to address classroom composition. We are inspired by the initiative and action taken by those committed to making linguistic duality a priority across Canada.

Canadian Parents for French is the national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.

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Canadian Parents for French Congratulates the NB Government for Restoring Early French Immersion Grade 1 Entry Point

OTTAWA, ON - Canadian Parents for French is pleased to learn that the Government of New Brunswick has decided to reinstate Grade 1 as the entry point for early French immersion in that province.

On behalf of the entire nationwide network of the 26,000 volunteers who make up Canadian Parents for French, we congratulate the government of New Brunswick and the CPF New Brunswick Branch on this news. The reinstatement of Grade 1 as the early immersion entry point comes eight years after the former Liberal government decided to change the entry point to Grade 3.

The CPF network applauds the work of all parents, school officials, education stakeholders and ministers, as well as the CPF Branch staff and Board for their advocacy efforts towards ensuring the best possible means for students to succeed in learning French as a second language.
We especially commend the government of New Brunswick and Premier Gallant for realigning their position to follow the recommendations of researchers and experts in the field of learning French as a second language. Premier Gallant’s assertion that learning a second language, or languages in general, is best accomplished at a young age, is well supported by research.

As a nationwide, research-informed, volunteer organization that champions the opportunity to learn and use French for all those who call Canada home, Canadian Parents for French offers its complete support to the Premier and the New Brunswick government as they work to make improvements to the previous Grade 1 immersion program and include initiatives to address classroom composition. We are inspired by the initiative and action taken by those committed to making linguistic duality a priority across Canada.

Canadian Parents for French is the national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.

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CPF National Bids Adieu to Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages

OTTAWA, ON - On Sunday October 16, 2016 Canadians Parents for French’s National Network concluded the “Volunteer Leaders – Past, Present, & Future” Conference and 40th Annual General Meeting by receiving the 8th annual Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Linguistic Duality presented by the Commissioner of Official Languages, Graham Fraser.

The award, given out annually, recognizes the efforts of organizations or individuals who have committed to the contribution, development and promotion of linguistic duality at home and abroad. Having been informed as the recipient organization of the prestigious award earlier this spring, the CPF National Conference provided the prime opportunity for leaders from across the country to join in the congratulatory occasion and to offer our best wishes and sincere thanks to outgoing Commissioner Fraser.

This assertion of confidence in CPF’s mandate recognizes the efforts of parents, members, volunteers, and staff who continually work towards the advancement of French Second Language education everywhere in Canada. Commissioner Fraser spoke to the significance of what started as a group of parents with a simple vision that has grown into a national network with over 26,000 members, advocating at the national, provincial and community levels for access to quality French immersion and French second language programs in schools.

Canadian Parents for French would once again like to thank Graham Fraser for his commitment to the enrichment of linguistic duality across Canada as well as his unwavering support for CPF throughout the years. As Mr. Fraser steps down from his post as Commissioner of Official Languages we wish him the very best in all future endeavours. Moving ahead Canadian Parents for French looks forward to the continued collaboration between the CPF National Network and the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages in the years to come.

Canadian Parents for French is the national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.

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Canadian Parents for French Honors Service of our Volunteers and Staff

OTTAWA, ON – Canadian Parents for French is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the “Volunteer Leaders – Past, Present, & Future” Conference and 40th Annual General Meeting held the weekend of October 14-16th in Ottawa, Ontario.

The occasion welcomed over 130 CPF members, delegates and partners from across the country to gather and share in the exchange of ideas, best practices and CPF success stories.

The opportunity provided the CPF National Network to recognize the contribution of several individuals having rendered significant service to the organization and demonstrated leadership in the advancement of French second language education in Canada. The awards arepresented biennially by the CPF National President on behalf of the CPF National Network of over 26,000 members.

The three Awards of Recognition presented were:
CPF National Volunteer Award – Jan Finlay, National Past President 1993-1995, CPF member from Ontario
CPF National J. Elmer Hynes Excellence in Leadership Award – Gail Lecky, Executive Director, CPF-PEI
CPF National Distinguished Life Membership – Jane Keith, CPF National Past President 2014-2016, CPF member from New Brunswick

The CPF National Network recognizes and thanks these outstanding volunteers and staff member for consistent dedication and commitment to CPF and their communities. We look ahead to many more years of effective collaboration in moving French as a Second Language education forward across Canada.

Canadian Parents for French is the national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-languagelearning opportunities for young Canadians.

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National Survey on Official Languages and Bilingualism: OCOL Reveals Findings of Survey in Nielsen report

Ottawa, ON – On Wednesday, August 31, 2016 the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages released findings from the National Survey on Official Languages and Bilingualism. This knowledge of Canadian attitudes will also be used in the implementation of objectives outlined in the Official Languages Act.

As advocates of official language bilingualism, Canadian Parents for French is pleased with results confirming that 84% of Canadians view bilingualism in a favorable light — a viewpoint strongly shared among CPF’s 26,000 members nationwide. Other key findings from the report also reveal that 80% of survey participants felt that large scale events should be held in both English and French and that Canada’s capital, Ottawa, should be recognized as officially bilingual, in recognition of Canada’s history as a bilingual country.

Canadian Parents for French National and the ten provincial/territorial Branches look forward not only to supporting the objectives outlined in the Official Languages Act but to using the detailed findings on education in consultation with regional educational stakeholders across the country this fall as we work to dispel the many myths and misconceptions surrounding bilingualism.

As we approach Canada’s 150th anniversary and celebrate the unique and culturally rich heritage of our nation, we cannot forget that linguistic duality is an integral part of what makes Canada a great place to call home.

Canadian Parents for French is the national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.

For media inquiries in both official languages or for more information please contact Nicole Thibault at nthibault@cpf.ca or by phone 613-858-2598

Contact:
Nicole Thibault
nthibault@cpf.ca
613-858-2598

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French Immersion offers great opportunities, but it’s not perfect. So what?

On Saturday, The Globe and Mail’s Margaret Wente posted an article entitled “There’s just one problem with French immersion … well, several, actually”.

Ms. Wente in your column you describe, a number of problems with the French immersion program and how it is “too good to be true”. By doing this you are simply perpetuating myths and selectively choosing and sharing outdated facts.

Articles like this one that appear to surface annually just to stoke the fires and incite language debates, continue to perpetuate a number of myths around the French immersion program. We, at Canadian Parents for French, felt that it would be important to dispel a few of these myths and shed light on what the research shows us regarding French immersion in Canada – because it is 2016.

Canadian Parents for French works with school board administrative and political decision makers to address and fix the problems, and educate critics. Ms. Wente, in the last ten years much has changed to alleviate the concerns that you have brought forward. Time to fact check.

Your article chose to share that the percentage of Canadians who can speak both official languages has dropped. Perhaps seeing the actual numbers may enlighten you: in 1961, 2.2 million Canadians self identified as being able to sepak French and English; by 2011, that number had ballooned to 5.8 million – a 160% increase. This despite the large number of immigrants coming into Canada in the last twenty years who do not speak either French or English.

Your notion of French immersion being an elitist program may have been true historically, but Canada has evolved and so has the program. The reality is quite the opposite, Professor Fred Genesee stated that “students from low SES [socio-economic] backgrounds in immersion perform just as well in English-language development and academic achievement as do students from the same SES backgrounds in English-language programs.” In addition, data from the Toronto District School Board shows growth in French immersion enrollment in the city’s most disadvantaged neighbourhoods just as it is elsewhere in the city.

The argument that French immersion filters out a variety of students was primarily due to old school board administrative policies that discouraged – or in some cases even denied – students with learning disabilities from entering French immersion programs. As research has been reviewed, provincial ministry of education policy and resource documents are continuing to be updated to address equity and inclusive education strategies, stating that FSL is for all students. The column notes how children who struggle with English will also struggle in French, and thus French immersion programs should be shut down. However, by that logic it should be both the French immersion and English programs which should be shut down not just one of the two programs.

Immigrant kids (as you call them) are enrolling, in droves, into French immersion programs across Canada. Ironically, studies show immigrant students who learn French as a third language adapt very easily to French immersion. The Canadian Parents for French Concours d’art oratoire winners’ names and heritages are as diverse as our Canadian population. Not a single student shares regret at becoming bilingual or multilingual, and most will offer stories of the benefits second official language acquisition has had in opening doors for them both personally and professionally.

In 2016, Canadian parents want the very best learning opportunities for their children. And what is wrong with that?

• Bilinguals earn more than the unilingual Canadian when they live outside Quebec. Canadians who speak both languages earn on average more and have a lower unemployment rate than unilinguals. Men who speak both official languages earn an average of 3.8% more, and bilingual women earn an average of 6.6% more than those who speak only English. (Workopolis, 2015)
• Bilingual job candidates face much lower competition for jobs. This is especially pronounced in Ontario, providing a strong competitive advantage in markets such as Toronto or Guelph where fewer bilingual candidates are available.

As stated by Mario Lefebvre, director of the Centre for Municipal Studies at the Conference Board of Canada, “In communities with a limited number of French speakers, you are a scarce resource. If you are a limited resource, you will be welcome wherever you go.” (Workopolis, 2015)

There are some definite problems with the lack of access to French immersion in Canada , both in terms of program availability and administrative barriers to entry. However, at Canadian Parents for French, we believe every student in Canada should have the opportunity to learn and use French. It is for this reason we remain committed to improving the system as well as educating those who perpetuate myths and outdated information.

French immersion has proven its worth with its widespread support over fifty years. Let us celebrate the benefits and address outdated enrollment policies and processes to help provide students with the best tools possible to learn French, and live up to the ideal of being fully French-English bilingual Canadian citizens.

Jane Keith
President, Canadian Parents for French, National

Canadian Parents for French is the national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.

Information:
Shaunpal Jandu, Project and Public Affairs Lead
Tel: 613.235.1481 x222 Email: sjandu@cpf.ca

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Announcing the Winners of the 14th Annual CPF National Concours d’art oratoire

OTTAWA, ON — On May 28, 2016 thirty-nine high school students from across Canada visited the Nation’s Capital to compete in Canadian Parents for French’s (CPF) National Concours d’art oratoire. Finals

The Concours d’art oratoire final event draws students from across Canada in the competition that offers over $500,000 in scholarships from the University of Ottawa, Université de Moncton, University of Prince Edward Island, Université Sainte-Anne, and Université de Saint-Boniface.

The students, having won at their provincial or territorial championships, competed in five categories ranging from Core French to Francophone for this final competition. They spoke on topics including feminism, islamophobia, the impact of social media and the power of music.

The winners of the 2016 edition of the CPF National Concours d’art oratoire are:

Level 1 [Core French]
1st Place: Kieran Kreidié-Akazaki (Toronto, Ontario)
2nd Place: Mariia Nevoit (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
3rd Place: Amal Javed Abdullah (Surrey, BC)

Level 2 [Core French Extended]
1st Place: Amna Majeed (Toronto, Ontario)
2nd Place: Fatima Beydoun (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
3rd Place: Hanaa Mekawy (Holyrood, Newfoundland)

Level 3 [Late French Immersion]
1st Place: Sharina Frija-Altarac (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Québec)
2nd Place: Lea Muhigi (Dieppe, New Brunswick)
3rd Place: Annie Xu (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Level 4 [Early French Immersion]
1st Place: Mubeena Mistry (Toronto, Ontario)
2nd Place: Hamish Clinton (Burnaby, BC)
3rd Place: Austin Henderson (Salisbury, New Brunswick)

Level 5 [Francophone]
1st Place: Selina Leveugle (Edmonton, Alberta)
2nd Place: Victoria Blouin (Gatineau, Québec)
3rd Place: Gwendolyn Culver (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Jane Keith, Canadian Parents for French National President, served as Master of Ceremonies for the event and congratulated participants on their accomplishments: “You join us as some of Canada’s best and brightest and are proof that young Canadians want to learn French as well as recognize the cultural and professional significance of acknowledging Canada’s two official languages.

Participants spent two nights in the Nation’s Capital, participating in several excursions to some of Ottawa’s most popular landmarks accompanied by CPF staff and volunteers, including bilingual guided tours of the Canadian War Museum, Parliament Hill, as well as time for shopping at the Rideau Centre, and a French-language screening of the Ciné+ film, Les Mystères du monde invisible, at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec.

This year’s Concours was especially significant as CPF launched the Celebrating Sir Wilfrid Laurier - Canada’s Destiny as a Great Nation a project which marked Laurier’s 175th birthday. The campaign will encourage high school and university students to discuss the impact of Laurier’s values on diplomacy, inclusivity, and rapproachment in their own lives and communities across Canada.

This project has been made possible in large part by the Government of Canada.

Canadian Parents for French is the national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.

Information:
Shaunpal Jandu, Project and Public Affairs Lead
Tel: 613.235.1481 x222 Email: sjandu@cpf.ca

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Canadian Parents for French Receives Commissioner’s Award of Excellence in the Promotion of Linguistic Duality

OTTAWA, ON - On May 19, 2016 Canadian Parents for French is honored to be recognized as the recipient of the Commissioner of Official Languages eighth annual Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Linguistic Duality.

In delivering his tenth and final annual report, Graham Fraser, announced the award acknowledging the work of organizations or individuals who have committed to the contribution, development and promotion of linguistic duality at home and abroad. The announcement, available in the 2015-2016 annual report of the Commissioner of Official Languages, says of the organization:

The Commissioner congratulates Canadian Parents for French for its exceptional work in the area of research and promotion, for providing opportunities for young Canadians to learn French in school and communities and supporting their sometimes unilingual parents, and for respecting French as an integral part of Canada

It is with great appreciation that Canadian Parents for French thanks the Commissioner of Official Languages in recognizing the daily efforts of the organization’s members, staff and volunteers who’ve made, and continue to make, French second language learning opportunities a priority in the lives of students across the country. Canadian Parents for French is proud of its longtime partnership with the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, both at the national level and in each of its regions.

Jane Keith, CPF National President, praised Fraser for his wholehearted support for access to quality French immersion and French-second-language programs for all Canadian youth in our schools.

It with the utmost respect and gratitude that we thank Commissioner Fraser for his relentless support and solid leadership in bringing forward issues, helping to dispel myths, building bridges and removing barriers to second language education opportunities across Canada. This vote of confidence inspires us to continue onward in fulfilling our organization’s mandate which champions the opportunity to learn and use French for all those who call Canada home. We look forward to continuing our important work with Mr. Fraser’s successor in the years to come.

Canadian Parents for French is the national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.

Information:
Maryanne Bright, Communications and Marketing Officer
mbright@cpf.ca

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Announcing the Winners of this Year's Québec Concours D’art Oratoire

Dorval, QC - 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 14 at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Montréal – Dorval in Dorval, Quebec. CPF was pleased to welcome 34 students from the Lester B. Pearson, Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Western Quebec School Boards, as well as their parents and teachers. The students were divided into three groups based on their grade level, and then each group was further divided into five categories, based on their French speaking ability. Here are the winners of each category:

Secondary 1/2
Core - Lucas Graham (Rosemere High School, Rosemere)
Enriched - Quinn McCart (Philemon Wright High School, Gatineau)
Enriched plus - Aniesha Covey (Philemon Wright High School, Gatineau)
Immersion - Claire Driedger (Philemon Wright High School, Gatineau)
Francophone - Lukka Picklyk (Philemon Wright High School, Gatineau)

Secondary 3/4
Core - Elizabeth Hua (Rosemere High School, Rosemere)
Enriched - Julia-May Avon (Philemon Wright High School, Gatineau)
Francophone – Jade Le Pape (Philemon Wright High School, Gatineau)

Secondary 5
Core – Kirstyn Townsend (Philemon Wright High School, Gatineau)
Enriched – Sharina Frija-Altarac (Beaconsfield High School)
Enriched plus – Valarie Empey (Philemon Wright High School, Gatineau)
Immersion - Rowen Tanguay (Philemon Wright High School, Gatineau)
Francophone - Victoria Blouin (Collège Saint-Joseph de Hull, Gatineau)

The Secondary 5 first place winners will now advance to the National finals of the Concours d’art oratoire, held in Ottawa, ON on May 28, where they will have the chance to win scholarships to the University of Ottawa, the University of Moncton, the University of Prince Edward Island, the Université de Saint-Boniface, the Université Sainte-Anne and La Cité Collégiale.

Better French language skills are a key aspiration for Quebec’s non-Francophone youth. The Concours program helps fulfill that aspiration by giving youth a meaningful forum in which to practice and develop confidence in their French language skills.

We would also like to thank our sponsors, Canadian Heritage, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, Global Montreal, LEARN Quebec and the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) for their generous support in helping us provide such a meaningful opportunity for the participants of the Concours.

Canadian Parents for French (www.cpf.ca) is the national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French second language learning opportunities for young Canadians.

Information:
Marla Williams
Canadian Parents for French
514-434-2400
mwilliams@cpf.ca

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The National Concours d’art oratoire in Canada’s Capital Region!

GATINEAU, QC – On Saturday May 28, Canadian Parents for French is hosting its annual public speaking competition, the 2016 National Concours d’art oratoire, in Gatineau, Quebec.

The grand prize for the first place winners will have the opportunity to receive scholarships from the University of Ottawa, Université de Saint Boniface, Université de Moncton, the University of Prince Edward Island, and Université Sainte-Anne. Second-place and third-place winners have the option of receiving scholarships from the University of Ottawa, Université de Saint Boniface, or the University of Prince Edward Island. Other national finalists who compete will be awarded a $1,000 entrance scholarship to the University of Ottawa.

The competition brings together senior high school students from across Canada who will deliver the speech that won them first prize at the school, regional, and/or provincial and territorial levels. The National Concours d’art oratoire has five language categories: Core French, Core French Extended, Late Immersion, Early Immersion, and Francophone.

Date: Saturday, May 28, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. (Welcoming Remarks and Opening Ceremony)
Place: Four Points by Sheraton Gatineau
33 Laurier Street
Gatineau, QC
Spokespersons: Jane Keith, President; Nicole Thibault, Executive Director

Canadian Parents for French is the national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.

Information:
Shaunpal Jandu, Project and Public Affairs Lead
Tel: 613.235.1481 x222 Email: sjandu@cpf.ca

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Canadian Parents for French Celebrates National Inclusive Education Month: An Open Letter to Canadian Parents

February is National Inclusive Education Month, a special awareness celebration enthusiastically supported by Canadian Parents for French and its 23,000 members. These parents believe that every Canadian child should have the opportunity to become bilingual so he or she can participate fully in Canada’s economy, governance and society.

Canada has a publicly funded school system that offers enriched forms of education but it restricts access to it. We have a school system within a school system where some kids get full resources for learning and some kids don’t. There are serious ethical as well as legal issues here. Can we justify publicly supported French immersion education and not give full access to all resources needed to succeed?”

Genesee, F. (2012) CPF Roundtable on Academically-Challenged Students and FSL Programs, Canadian Parents for French, Ottawa.

The reluctance of school boards and school authorities to adapt to the needs of students with learning disabilities in immersion has denied universal access to effective French-second-language learning. Despite over 40 years of research demonstrating that at-risk students can become bilingual and attain levels of first-language and academic ability commensurate with their learning challenges, these children are often weeded out from immersion and placed in the English stream.

As a parent, you may be told that your child should master their first language before learning a second – that learning a second language would be overtaxing for your struggling learner and would jeopardize your child’s first language. You may also be told that there are no effective interventions or resources for struggling students in French-Second-Language programs.

There is no evidence to support the belief that students who are at risk for poor academic performance are at greater risk in immersion than in English-only programs. Indeed, research shows that effective interventions do exist and that there is notable improvement in special need student performance in French immersion when appropriate assistance is provided.

In 2016, there is no place for capping French immersion enrolment, running lotteries, failing to provide remedial services or excluding less academically-challenged students —practices which deny parents the chance to choose the best educational programs for their child. It is time for educators and policy-makers to adopt more inclusionary practices and to move the issue of equitable access for all students in Canada from a place of discussion to a place of action.

Although it may be difficult, you can be a strong advocate for your child’s inclusion in French immersion and other FSL programs. By meeting teachers, principals and school district decision-makers you can assist with changing policies and practices which exclude or fail to provide appropriate academic support for struggling immersion and core French students. You can help to change educators’ beliefs about struggling learners in FSL programs by challenging myths with factual information about academically-challenged students’ second-language learning achievements, about the benefits of more inclusive classroom practices and about special education interventions that help learning. Happily, some jurisdictions have begun to adopt more inclusionary practices in response to parents who share research evidence and advocate on behalf of their child.

For assistance advocating for your child, please see our fact sheets for parents, teachers and advocates at https://cpf.ca/en/research-advocacy/research/the-state-of-fsl-education-in-canada/ or contact Canadian Parents for French at: cpf@cpf.ca

Canadian Parents for French is a national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for all those who call Canada home.

Contact:
Maryanne Bright
mbright@cpf.ca

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CPF National Weighs in on Supreme Court Ruling

CPF National Weighs in on Supreme Court Ruling

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Canadian Parents for French National Board Welcomes Newly Appointed Director, Dr. Wendy Carr PhD

OTTAWA, ON – Canadian Parents for French is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the 39th Annual General Meeting held in Quebec City on Sunday, October 18, 2015.

The weekend saw CPF delegates from across the country congregate together to participate in a Leader Networking Event that allowed for the review of organizational priorities including CPF bylaws and newly completed, five-year National Network Strategic Plan.

Of particular note, one newly appointed Director joins the returning six members of the CPF Board of Directors to complete the slate.
Dr. Wendy Carr Phd, from British Columbia is the current Associate Dean of Teacher’s Education at the University of British Columbia where she has coordinated and taught for many years in its French Teacher Education program. She has authored a number of FSL classroom resources, teacher professional learning manuals, curriculum documents as well as scholarly articles. Wendy Carr will be serving the first of a two year term with the CPF National Board of Directors.

Canadian Parents for French looks forward to moving ahead collaboratively with its National Network to accomplish new goals set out for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

Canadian Parents for French is the national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.

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Canadian Parents for French wants to hear about importance of bilingualism during federal election

Ottawa, ON – As Canada enters its 42nd general election, Canadians are concerned with a number of issues that affect their lives. On September 14, Canadian Parents for French released three questions on behalf of their 23,000 members regarding the importance of official bilingualism in Canada. Canadian Parents for French is calling on all federal election candidates to share their party position on official language bilingualism and provide answers to the following questions:

1. Parental demand for French Immersion programs exceeds the supply in some areas, limiting enrolment and thus denying many students the opportunity to learn their second official language. Although education is a provincial jurisdiction, official language bilingualism falls within the federal domain.

What actions will your party take to demonstrate national leadership and direction to encourage provincial governments to respect the wishes of parents and meet the demand for immersion programs in every community, including remote and rural areas?

2. Forty years of research has demonstrated the impressive French second-language skills of immersion graduates, but many young Canadians lack confidence in their achievements and hesitate to identify themselves as bilingual, while prospective employers lack objective information about their abilities.

How does your party plan to establish national, comparable proficiency standards for graduates from various FSL programs across Canada?

3. Despite the fact that the majority of students in Canada choose to attend post-secondary studies in their home provinces, opportunities to continue French second-language education do not exist in every province and territory.

What type of investment will your party make to ensure that post-secondary students may pursue French second-language studies in their own province or territory?

For almost forty years, Canadian Parents for French has worked with federal, provincial, and local governments, and education stakeholders to improve accessibility to and the quality of French second-language education in Canada. Canadian Parents for French looks forward to hearing from all candidates and will post all responses on their website cpf.ca. Please send responses to Shaunpal Jandu at sjandu@cpf.ca.

Canadian Parents for French is the national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.

Information:
Shaunpal Jandu, Projects and Public Affairs Lead
Tel: 613.235.1481 x222 Email: sjandu@cpf.ca

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Canadian Parents for French Welcomes the Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages, Aiming Higher: Increasing Bilingualism of our Canadian Youth

OTTAWA – On June 16, the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages published a report on necessary policies needed to positively assist second official-language learning in Canada. Canadian Parents for French applauds the finding of the committee’s report, Aiming Higher: Increasing Bilingualism of our Canadian Youth.

The report provides an overview of second official-language learning from across Canada. The report also examines and provides recommendations regarding challenges identified during the public consultations. Canadian Parents for French was the first group to meet with the Committee during the consultations in April 2013 and provided follow up documents to assist the Committee during their study. References to the information we provided the Committee can be found throughout the report and in the recommendations.

The overarching recommendation made by the Committee was “the federal government must actively promote bilingualism”. Generally the ten recommendations touched on a variety of topics including:

•The need to ensure second official-language learning programs are available to all Canadians;
• Increase official-language proficiency amongst Canadians through measurable objectives and testing;
• Increase research on innovative practices in official language promotion and learning, and disseminated broadly;
• Increase opportunities for learners to use their French outside of the classroom (through exchanges, though media outlets, etc.);
• Improve accountability between the federal-provincial/territorial agreements; and
• Maintain or increase investments in official-language promotion and learning.

Canadian Parents for French President, Philip Fenez, stated “The report recommendations reflect what we, as an organization, are trying to achieve. The Senate Committee’s work is proof that there is room for improvement and that Canadian Parents for French is on the right track in promoting and creating French-second-language learning opportunities for more young Canadians.

Canadian Parents for French is the national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.

Information:
Shaunpal Jandu, Projects and Public Affairs Lead
Tel: 613.235.1481 x222 Email: sjandu@cpf.ca

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Francophone Winners of CPF National’s Concours d'art oratoire!

OTTAWA — On May 30th, 35 high school students from across Canada came to Ottawa to compete in Canadian Parents for French’s (CPF) National Concours d’art oratoire.
The students competed in five categories that range from Core French to Francophone and this year, spoke on topics including gender equality, adoption, appreciating life’s beautiful moments, and learning beyond the classroom.
The Francophone category is for French second-language students who speak and comprehend French with native fluency, they often have one or two parents who speak French regularly, or have recently lived in a French community for at least a year.

The winners of the Level 5 – Francophone category are:

1st Imane Marrakchi of Winnipeg, MB
2nd Charles Hubert-Favreau of Vancouver, BC
3rd Emily Michaud of Dart Mouth, NS

“These students have worked incredibly hard to write and orate their speeches. They have spoken about topics which are very close to them and have had a chance to share their passion with their class, schools, school districts, at the provincial and territorial levels and at the National levels,” said CPF President, Philip Fenez. “And through these experiences, the students have made new friends which have encouraged them to find ways to continue using their French.”

The individual names of the winners of the different categories have now all been announced. The names of all five category winners are listed on our website at cpf.ca. We are proud of all the participants as they are testaments to the benefits of the French second-language learning programs provided in Canada.

The Concours d’art oratoire program draws students from across Canada in the competition that offers over $500,000 in scholarships from the University of Ottawa, Université de Moncton, University of Prince Edward Island, Université Sainte-Anne, and Université de Saint-Boniface.

Canadian Parents for French is the national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.

Information:
Shaunpal Jandu, Project and Public Affairs Lead
Tel: 613.235.1481 x222 Email: sjandu@cpf.ca

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Early French Immersion Winners of CPF National’s Concours d'art oratoire!

OTTAWA — On May 30th, 35 high school students from across Canada came to Ottawa to compete in Canadian Parents for French’s (CPF) National Concours d’art oratoire.

The students competed in five categories that range from Core French to Francophone and this year, spoke on topics including gender equality, adoption, appreciating life’s beautiful moments, and learning beyond the classroom.

The winners of the Level 4 – Early French Immersion category are:

1st. Margot Ghersin from Ottawa, ON
2nd. Madeline Arthur from Vancouver, BC
3rd. Andréa Rondeau-Brown from Winnipeg, MB

French Immersion is a French Second-Language program in which French is the language of instruction for several subjects over a significant part o