Ottawa, October 5, 2023— On this World Teachers’ Day, Canadian Parents for French would like to thank and congratulate every teacher that meaningfully impacts the lives of students across Canada. As this year’s theme is “The teachers we need for the education we want: The global imperative to reverse the teacher shortage,” CPF would also like to remind governments and stakeholders across the country of the importance of addressing the French as a second language teacher shortage.

This year’s theme calls attention to the global decline in the number of teachers and calls for action to improve their working conditions and status. Canada is already experiencing a FSL teacher supply issue. The Government of Canada has most recently announced $16.3 million over five years for the recruitment and retention of French teachers. For its part, CPF launched a public awareness campaign that seeks to address this issue by showcasing teachers’ Raison d’être, the passion that draws them to the profession while inviting Canadians to embrace their own raison d’être to consider a teaching career. Visit the website,, to learn more. A follow up campaign is in the works this year, More than Words, with a focus on actionable steps for policy makers and administrators to ensure French teachers feel supported and respected in their work.

World Teachers’ Day has been observed since 1994 by UNESCO and is an opportunity to thank teachers for the vital contributions they make to education and development. The CPF Network  recognizes teachers’ vital role in setting up students for bilingual success throughout the year with different initiatives, while FSL teacher recognition awards highlight specific achievements. To learn more about the FSL teachers recognized in 2022-2023, visit the CPF National website.

CPF joins UNESCO in their efforts to advocate for a respected profession and their call for inspiring practices to attract, retain and motivate teachers and educators.

On this special day, join us in celebrating World Teachers’ Day. Thank your child’s classroom teacher, and especially your school’s FSL teachers. Show them we all recognize and appreciate the work they do every day!

To learn more about CPF’s initiatives to recognize and attract teachers, visit:


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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Marcos Salaiza, Communications Manager

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