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Vancouver, BC — It has taken four decades and sometimes argument and bitter feelings, but according to a new poll commissioned by Canadian Parents for French BC & YK in association with La Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique French is a huge hit in Canada’s most western province.

An Insights West poll released this morning shows 70% of British Columbians surveyed support Canada’s two Official Languages (French & English).

Moreover, 66%, believe French is an integral part of the Canadian identity.

“We’ve come a long way,” said, Patti Holm, President of Canadian Parents for French BC & YK. She added, “Enabling youth to work, live, and grow in any part of our country is an incredible gift. It also continues to make our country stronger.”

The poll also found that British Columbians see big benefits in multilingualism.

93% believe it is important for children to learn multiple languages, and 75% agree that speaking French opens social, career, and cultural opportunities.

“These poll numbers prove Canada’s two Official Languages are at the heart of our concept of diversity and multiculturalism,” said Padminee Chundunsing, President of the FFCB.

She concluded, “Some may find this surprising but thanks to French language education, and immigration, 300,000 British Columbians now self-identify as being able to speak French. This makes la belle langue one of the most commonly spoken languages in our province and surely helps explain why support for bilingualism is booming.”

Canadian Parents for French is a parent-led organization dedicated to promoting and creating French second language opportunities for all young students.

About this Release:

Results are based on an Insights West online study conducted from December 1 to December 4, 2015, among 815 adult British Columbians. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.5 percentage points. For the full breakdown by age, region, and demographic click here.

Media Contacts:

Glyn Lewis, Executive Director
Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon, 778-329-9115 ext. 317

Dr. Matthew Hayday, Associate Professor
History Department
University of Guelph, 519-824-4120 ex. 56052
Author of “So They Want Us To Learn French” (2015) and “Bilingual Today, United Tomorrow” (2005)

Florence Bessac
Communications coordinator
La Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique
Téléphone : 604 732-1420 ext 311


Photograph: Ruth Hartnup