CPF’s 4th, 2019 Annual FSL Awareness Breakfast Marks 50th Anniversary of the Official Languages Act
On April 4th, 2019 in Ottawa, 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 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 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.
The program featured CPF Network projects implemented in collaboration with key partners, including: Accent Quebec’s Accessing Opportunity, a study on challenges in FSL education teacher supply and demand in Canada; the upcoming launch of the newly established Linguistic Duality Network; and the next State of FSL Education in Canada Report, which will be released in October and will focus on the current state of FSL programs.
CPF would like to thank everyone who attended and made the event a success!