CPF was established by anglophone parents who wanted to ensure that their children would have the opportunity to become bilingual in the Canadian school system. Originally, a small group of concerned parents who met in Ottawa which resulted in CPF evolving into a proactive national network with 10 Branch offices and some 150 Chapters in communities nationwide.
Founded in 1977, Canadian Parents for French is the only nation-wide organization dedicated to the promotion and creation of French second language learning opportunities for young Canadians. Its 25,000 members, predominantly English speaking parents from throughout Canada, are motivated by the desire to have their children learn French as a second language. They are united by the conviction that all Canadian children, in all parts of Canada, should have the right to become bilingual in English and French.
The primary activities for Canadian Parents for French include the following:
Canadian Parents for French (CPF) is the 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.
A Canada where French- and English-speakers live together in mutual respect with an understanding and appreciation of each other’s language and culture and where linguistic duality forms an integral part of society.
In Canadian Parents for French we value commitment to our mandate, the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge, and the taking of initiative and responsibility so that we achieve credibility and effectiveness.