The promotion of the cognitive, cultural, economic and employment benefits of learning French as a Second Language (FSL) has contributed to the rising enrolment in FSL programs. As a common roadblock to expanding FSL programming in local school boards and communities is the lack of supply of qualified FSL teachers. Canadian Parents for French has long monitored the situation and struggles of school districts / boards across the country in maintaining a sufficient supply of qualified French as a second language (FSL) teachers to respond to continually-increasing demand for French immersion programs as well as more core French and intensive French program options.
Read our 2018 FSL Teacher Supply and Demand in Canada Position Paper:
In 2019, OCOL released a report entitled Accessing Opportunity: A study on challenges in FSL education teacher supply and demand in Canada which stated that without addressing the challenges in FSL teacher supply and demand, it is unlikely that access to FSL education will improve and, consequently, unlikely that the overall English/French bilingualism rates among non-Francophones will increase in the foreseeable future.
The federal government, Investing in Our Future 2018-23 Action Plan for Official Languages, announced an investment of $31.29 million in recruiting and retaining teachers for French immersion and French as a second language. Canadian Parents for French applied for and received funding for several initiatives to help address this issue. CPF National has the role of creating an overarching public education campaign, focused on the primary purpose behind choosing a career in teaching, that of positively impacting others. CPF Branches are rolling out several public awareness campaigns to attract students to consider a career as French teachers, and include:
CPF Branches are rolling out several public awareness campaigns to attract students to consider a career as French teachers, and include:
SAYOUI.CA – CPF Ontario launched a new website with the goal to inform secondary and undergraduate students and inspire them to consider a career as a French Teacher. The project will also involve a campaign and strategic outreach efforts to support faculties of education in Ontario to attract more applicants.