Education and training

  • In 1996, Francophones finally obtained provincial recognition of their right to their own school board. In 1997, a federal-provincial agreement on school governance was signed and gave rise to the Conseil scolaire francophone provincial de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador, which manages the Frenchlanguage schools in the province.
  • In 2001, the Minister of Education announced the construction of a Centre scolaire et communautaire (school-community centre) in St. John's; the Centre scolaire et communautaire des Grands-Vents officially opened in April 2005.
  • In 2007, the Minister of Education announced the construction of a new building for the École Boréale in Goose Bay.
  • In 2008-2009, 270 students were enrolled the Frenchlanguage schools managed by the Conseil scolaire francophone provincial de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador. Enrolments have gradually increased since 2001.
  • In 2008, there were five homogeneous schools offering French-language education : the Centre scolaire et communautaire Sainte-Anne de La Grand'Terre (operating since 1989), École Notre-Dame-du-Cap de Cap Saint-Georges (1993), the Centre scolaire et communautaire des Grands-Vents (formerly the école française de St. John's and operating since 1998), the Centre éducatif l'ENVOL (1998) and École Boréale (2001).
  • The Conseil scolaire also provides transportation for nine students from the L'Anse-au-Clair region to the École Mgr Scheffer in Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon, Que.
  • Official languages education programs are available in Cape St. George, La Grand'Terre, L'Anse-au-Clair, Labrador City, Happy Valley-Goose Bay and St. John's.
  • The Fédération des parents francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador (FPFTNL) was created in 1989 with the participation of the Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador (FFTNL) to represent the interests of Francophone parents and children and advocate for their right to Frenchlanguage education under Article 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The FPFTNL is comprised of six parent committees. It has successfully worked to obtain the Conseil scolaire francophone provincial (CSFP). Today it is involved in pre-school and extra-curricular activities; FPFTNL has established the first Centre de la petite enfance et famille francophone, a centre for child care and family, located at the Centre scolaire et communautaire des Grands-Vents (CSCGV) in St. John's. Development projects for other Frenchlanguage child care centres in a family and/or school context are currently being studied.

FPFTNL publishes an annual magazine, L'Élan des parents, which provides information to the community on services offered. FPFTNL will celebrate its 20 years of existence in 2009. The programs it offers are:


  • Five French-language preschools (Cape St. George, La Grand'Terre, Labrador City, Happy Valley-Goose Bay and St. John's);
  • Four services dedicated to helping students with homework (Cape St. George, Labrador City, Happy Valley-Goose Bay and St. John's);
  • Two activity camps held on Saturday (Cape St. George and La Grand'Terre);
  • Two summer camps (Cape St. George and La Grand'Terre);
  • One service providing initiation to French for families at home (péninsule de Port-au-Port).