Canadian Parents for French is Founded
Keith Spicer, the first Commisioner of Official Languages organized a conference for parents who wanted their children to learn French. The result was the founding of CPF.1977
First National Conference in Ottawa
The conference, held on October 14-16th, 1977, had more than 60 attendees.1977
First issue of CPF’s National Newsletter
Issue No 1 – June 1977
First paid memberships come into effect (Only $5.00!).
First Wordmark is Established1980
First Book is published
So You Want Your Child to Learn French! is published.
First Festival national d’art oratoire
The contest was sponsored by CPF Saskatchewan and CPF Manitoba.
Secretary of State, Hugette Labelle, consulted Canadian Parents for French in the drafting of the new Official Languages Act.1987
CPF’s 10th anniversary
Branches are established to service 10 provinces and 2 territories. There are 16,000 members across the country.
CPF Presents to a House Committee
Canadian Parents for French is asked to presentto the Legislative Committee of the House of Commons on Bill C-72 – Official Languages Act.
CPF Questions its name
Because CPF sounds like a French first language organization, leaders consider changing the name. However it is agreed at the ’89 AGM the name would not change
First Video is launched
CPF launches its first video A Wider Vision – Elargir ses horizons.
CPF Meets Prime Minister
CPF President attends a roundtable meeting on the constituation with minority language groups, hosted by former Prime Minister Joe Clark1992
National Public Awareness Campaign
CPF launches Learning French makes a world of difference.
Proud of Two Languages Video is launched
The Proud of Two Languages campaign is launched and CPF adopts a new mascot.
First CPF Website is launched!
The CPF website is launched.1997
CPF and the Queen
CPF President and Past Presidents meet Queen Elizabeth at Rideau Hall in July.1997
Branches are established to service 9 provinces and a territory. There are 18,000 members across the country.
GG States: CPF Changed Education in Canada
Reception held at Rideau Hall hosted by His Excellency the Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc.
First CPF research report is released
The State of French Second Language Education in Canada is launched.
FMR CPF President awarded the Order of Canada
Dr. Joan Netten, awarded the Order of Canada for her internationally recognized research in French immersion.
I’m learning/staying in french because…
CPF launches a multi-media promotional campaign, with ten national French first- and second-language partners.2003
National Concours d’art oratoire introduced
National Symposium with Ocol
CPF partners with the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages and Canadian Heritage in a national symposium Vision and Challenges of the 21st Century2004
I’m teaching french because… is launched
CPF Receives Francophonie Prize
CPF is awarded the Prix d’excellence Lyse-Daniels 2005 by Impératif français, a French-first-language and culture advocacy group.
Branches are established to service 10 provinces and 2 territories. There are 25,000 members across the country.
First National CPF volunteer award
John Ryan is the recipient of the first annual CPF National Volunteer Award recognizing volunteers whose exemplary efforts contributed to the advancement of FSL education.
I want to become bilingual because…
Launch of the I want to Become Bilingual Because… videos to honour he many hardworking students studying French as a second language across the country.
First Former FI grad as a national president
Coming full circle, CPF elects former French immersion graduate, Lisa Marie Perkins, as a National President of Canadian Parents for French.
First Endowment Fund Established
Launch of the Mary Joyce Booth Endowment Fund promoting youth learning French through extracurricular activities.
Launch of CPF Magazine
CPF replaces national newsletters with a new national magazine.
A musical tour is launched and provides 125 workshops to over 4,725 students.
New brand for CPF!2015
NEW CPF Network Strategic Plan
CPF Network Leades endorse a five year strategic plan 2015-2000.
Canadian Parents for French is made the recipient of the 2016 Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Linguistic Duality
Canadian Parents for French is made the recipient of the 2016 Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Linguistic Duality presented by the Commissioner of Official Languages for our commitment to the contribution, development and promotion of linguistic duality across Canada and abroad.2016
Statement from Honorable Joe Clark
“Please do extend to the pioneers of Canadian Parents for French my congratulations on CPF’s unique and signal role in transforming bilingualism from a “public policy” to an “actual practice” in so many Anglophone and allophone communities across Canada. There is a tendency to judge initiatives by hard figures – numbers of students, degrees of proficiency; that’s valuable too. But the real impact of Canadian bilingualism has been upon attitudes – we define our country more broadly than we did before, and have a better understanding of the diversity which truly distinguishes Canada. That required commitment, example and courage on the part of many citizens, including prominently Canadian Parents for French” – Honorable Joe Clark2016
CPF Alum joins CPF Alberta Board of Directors and Attends National Conference and AGM
Here is a flashback article from the Issue No. 43, Fall 1988 Edition of the CPF National Newsletter. The story – entitled “Centre de Montreal, Ici Emma à quatre milles pieds…” The Emma on this story is Emma Piayda who just recently joined the CPF Alberta Board of Directors and attended the National Conference and AGM in Ottawa with us.
Branches and offices are established to service 10 provinces and 2 territories. There are 26,000 members across the country.