What is a CPF chapter?

A chapter is a group of ten or more CPF voting members residing in or affiliated with a particular city/town or school district who have chosen to become organized for the purpose of forwarding the goals of CPF. It is led and managed by a volunteer Board of Directors in accordance with the bylaws adopted by its members.

Why chapters?

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.

The role of the chapter

Organized local CPF groups (we call them “chapters”) are needed:

  • to liaise between local CPF members and local decision-makers and other stakeholder groups
  • to liaise between local CPF members and the provincial/territorial (“branch”) and national levels of CPF
  • to disseminate information about French-second-language learning within their communities
  • to work to support local French-second-language programs
  • to encourage and/or sponsor extracurricular French living/learning experiences for the young people in their communities.

Benefits to chapters

Local chapters receive, through CPF Alberta:

  • 65% of each membership fee as well as other financial assistance
  • support for their activities through our experienced staff members, our network of volunteer and professional contacts, the branch web site, news sheets, and our resource library
  • sponsorship of their representatives to attend conferences and training sessions; on-site training as requested
  • bulk copies of CPF publications and other resources for use in program promotion.

Local Chapters in Alberta:




Canadian Rockies (Canmore / Banff)


Edmonton Catholic

Edmonton Public

Grande Prairie



Medicine Hat

Okotoks/ High River

Parkland (Spruce Grove / Stony Plain)

Rocky Mountain House


St. Albert Public




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