Canadian Parents for French

Canadian Parents for French (CPF) 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.

CPF was founded in 1977 by parents who wanted to ensure that children would have the opportunity to become bilingual in the Canadian school system. Originally a small group of concerned parents who met in Ottawa, CPF has evolved into a proactive national network with 10 Branch offices and some 150 Chapters in communities nationwide.

From coast to coast CPF National engages with National stakeholders and works with the federal government and national organizations involved in official languages and bilingualism to create an environment supportive of French-second-language (FSL) education across Canada. CPF provincial and territorial branches and offices work with Ministries or Departments of Education, educational partners, stakeholders and the public ensuring support.

CPF’s French-second-language (FSL) tools and resources for parents, students, educators, and anyone else seeking assistance are extensive. Whether you’re looking for information on FSL education in Canada, activities to assist your child in his or her studies, or tools to assess and improve your school’s FSL performance, CPF can help point you in the right direction.

Our research helps us to better understand FSL programs and student needs, determine gaps in access or effectiveness, establish why official bilingualism is a valuable life skill, and provide evidence-based reasoning for the advocacy and promotion that helps drive Canada’s youth on the path toward bilingualism.Our research-based advocacy gives a voice to the thousands of Canadians nationwide who want greater linguistic opportunities for their children with every passing generation; and as successful advocates, we have informed and influenced decision-makers at every jurisdictional level, from the school board to the Canadian Cabinet.