CPF was established as a three-tiered organization because the most fundamental decisions about the provision of French-second-language learning (core French and French immersion) take place at three levels:
- the federal government (which encourages and supports the learning of official languages)
- provincial/territorial governments (which have constitutional authority over education)
- school boards (to which many decisions are delegated by the provinces/territories).
The three levels are also important because conditions and needs can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and so initiatives and responses must be tailored to meet the local context.
Finally, the three levels form a coherent network which reaches into communities large and small in every corner of the country, allowing our members to more effectively work together to promote and support French-second-language learning.