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Prince Edward Island

Characteristics

According to the 2016 census, 4,865 members of Prince Edward Island’s Acadian community reported French as their first official language. Acadians are concentrated mainly in Prince County, particularly in the Evangeline region. Prince Edward Island is known as the birthplace of Canadian confederation, created in 1864.

Organization representing the Francophone population

The Société acadienne et francophone de l’Île (SAF’Île) was founded in 1919. At a conference to set up an association in charge of “raising funds for the education of Acadian youth,” the need for such an organization was acknowledged. While its main objective was to raise funds for Acadian youth education, SAF’Île also sought to foster the full development of French and Acadian life in Prince Edward Island. Through generous support, SAF’Île was able to build a more solid foundation, allowing it to become what it is today, the main organization representing Prince Edward Island’s Acadian population.

Immigration

The Prince Edward Island Coopérative d’intégration francophone (CIF) is the reception and settlement organization for Francophone newcomers to the province. Its principal mandate is to assist French-speaking newcomers who come to settle in PEI in order to facilitate their social, economic, educational and cultural integration. The CIF also works to raise awareness in the host community about diversity, the benefits of immigration and the importance of Francophone immigration. The CIF also coordinates Prince Edward Island’s Francophone integration network.

Tourism

A trip to Prince Edward Island is more than red cliffs, quiet sandy beaches and gentle green hills, fresh seafood, creative artisans and world-class golf! You’ll be welcomed with open arms into the boats, the studios, the homes and the hearts of the Acadians who call the province home.

Immersion in French as a second language

For those interested in French as a second language, there are organizations that facilitate access to learning French. This is true of Canadian Parents for French, an organization based in Charlottetown that works with several immersion schools on the Island.