Health care and social services

  • Since 1987, the government has been committed to providing its basic services in French in the hospitals of Prince Edward Island.
  • In addition to 35 positions designated as bilingual, the community can count on a large number of professionals able to provide services in French. However, the services are not all offered equally in all regions.
  • The Réseau des services de santé en français de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard was created in 2002. Its vision is to ensure that a full range of health services, with quality comparable to those offered in English, are available in French to Acadians and Francophones in the province. The Réseau has published a directory of French-speaking health care providers, including those in the private sector, and is particularly interested in recruiting and training bilingual health care professionals.
  • The Centre de santé communautaire Évangéline, located in the heart of the region with the highest concentration of Acadian and Francophone families in the province, is an effective model of partnership with the community. Through its bilingual multidisciplinary team and its simple, flexible operation, the Centre meets the needs of the community while being an integral part of the district's health care structure. The Centre's main philosophy is to work with the population toward well-being, emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education and training

  • In 1990, amendments to the Education Act gave Acadians and Francophones the right to governance of their own schools.
  • A decision by the Supreme Court of Canada in January 2000 was a victory for parents in Summerside/Miscouche parents; they had been asking the province for a French school in Summerside.
  • There are six French-language schools in Prince Edward Island, in Charlottetown, Abram-Village, DeBlois, Rustico, Summerside and Souris. In 2007-08, slightly more than 700 Francophone students were registered in Frenchlanguage schools.
  • There is a French-language nursery school in each of the province's six Acadian regions and child care services in the Acadian regions.
  • Refrancization classes at the preschool level in certain regions.
  • Centre de ressources pédagogiques J.-Albert-Gallant in the Evangeline region.
  • French post-secondary education has been available since 1995 in Prince Edward Island through the Collège Acadie Î.-P.-É. from its education centres located in Wellington, DeBlois and Charlottetown. This institution provides adult Francophone Islanders with post-secondary education in French and a training service through a range of part-time and custom courses.
  • In 2008, the Collège Acadie Î.-P.-É. was granted official status by the Government of Prince Edward Island as a post-secondary education institution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cultural and community life

  • French cultural life in the six Acadian and Francophone regions of Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown, Rustico, Summerside-Miscouche, Evangeline, West Prince and Kings), particularly from the school-community centres in each region.
  • Development of the Acadian tourism product, the economic benefits of which contribute to the enhancement of Acadian culture.
  • Celebration of a number of popular events, including the Festival acadien and the Exposition agricole in the Evangeline region, which attract over 10,000 visitors.
  • Acadian national holiday in all Acadian regions.
  • Acadian Museum, which houses an interpretation centre and a centre for Acadian research.
  • Local artists are showcased at dinner shows.
  • Occasional French programming at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, which enables the Acadian and Francophone community to present its artists to a wider audience.
  • Arts training program by the Fédération culturelle de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard.
  • Community access centres providing the French-speaking public with free Internet access.
  • Permanent and travelling exhibitions at the Acadian Museum in Miscouche.
  • The Island's public library network provides French speakers with three French libraries in Charlottetown, Summerside and Abram-Village.

 

 

 

 

Communications

Newspapers and magazines


  • The weekly newspaper La Voix acadienne, founded in 1975, is the only French‑language newspaper published in Prince Edward Island.

Radio


  • Société Radio-Canada from Montreal, Moncton or Charlottetown; Le Réveil, a three‑hour radio show broadcast five days a week from Charlottetown for residents on the Island.

  • Société Radio-Canada also broadcasts the Chaîne culturelle (Espace musique) on 88.9 FM from Montreal.

  • Radio Beauséjour, a community radio station in south-eastern New Brunswick, is available in certain parts of Prince Edward Island.

Television


  • Société Radio-Canada from Montreal, Moncton or Charlottetown.

  • TQS, TVA, RDI and RDS and some television stations from Quebec and elsewhere are available on cable television.

Community and virtual communications


  • Since 2007, the Acadian and Francophone community of Prince Edward Island has a one-stop online portal, www.ilebranchee.ca. In addition to posting news and job opportunities in its "manchettes" [news] section and on its daily virtual bulletin, the portal enables organizations and governments to share a variety of information and documents and a series of management tools through its intranet.
  • Community information bulletins serving each Acadian and Francophone region in the province.
  • A French-language provincial community radio station is currently being developed.

Major organizations

The Société Saint-Thomas-d'Aquin (SSTA) is the official representative organization of the Acadian and Francophone community in Prince Edward Island. It was founded in 1919, has over 1,200 members and supports a number of organizations at the local, regional and provincial levels.

The Acadian and Francophone community of Prince Edward Island is pursuing its strategic priorities in all its key development sectors. The strategic priorities of the Island's Francophone and Acadian community include obtaining provincial and federal services in French; community development in the areas of the economy, training and education, political power, youth, seniors, women and health; and the availability of ways to communicate in French.

Société Saint-Thomas-d'Aquin
5 Maris Stella Avenue
Summerside, PE C1N 6M9
Phone: 902-436-4881
Fax: 902-436-6936
E-mail: info@ssta.org
Website: www.ssta.org

Association des enseignantes et des enseignants de langue française
École Évangéline
P.O. Box 124, Abram-Village
R.R. 1
Wellington, PE C0B 2E0
Phone: 902-854-2491
Fax: 902-854-2981

Actions Femmes Île-du-Prince-Édouard
5 Maris Stella Avenue
Summerside, PE C1N 6M9
Phone: 902-436-4881
Fax: 902-436-6936
E-mail: afipe@ssta.org

Coalition actions pour enfants
P.O. Box 9
Wellington, PE C0B 2E0
Phone: 902-854-2123
Fax: 902-854-2732
E-mail: actions@isn.net

Centre de santé communautaire Évangéline
P.O. Box 119
Wellington, PE C0B 2E0
Phone: 902-854-7259
Fax: 902-854-7270

Comité régional des Jeux de l'Acadie de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard
48 Mill Road
P.O. Box 58
Wellington, PE C0B 2E0
Phone: 902-854-7250
Fax: 902-854-7255
E-mail: jeuxacadie@gov.pe.ca
Website: www.jeuxacadieipe.com

Commission scolaire de langue française de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard
Centre d'éducation Évangéline
Abram-Village
R.R. 1
Wellington, PE C0B 2E0
Phone: 902-854-2975
Fax: 902-854-2981
E-mail: gcarsenault@gov.pe.ca
Website: www.edu.pe.ca/cslf/home.html

Conseil de développement coopératif de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard
P.O. Box 67
48 Mill Road
Wellington, PE C0B 2E0
Phone: 902-854-3439
Fax: 902-854-3099
E-mail: direction@conseilcoopipe.org
Website: www.conseilcoopipe.org

Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard (RDÉE)
48 Mill Road
P.O. Box 67
Wellington, PE C0B 2E0
Phone: 902-854-3439
Fax: 902-854-3099
E-mail: info@rdeeipe.ca
Website: www.rdeeipe.ca

Réseau des services de santé en français
48 Mill Road
P.O. Box 58
Wellington, PE C0B 2E0
Phone: 902-854-7441
Fax: 902-854-7255
E-mail: info@santeipe.ca
Website: www.santeipe.ca/welcome.cfm

Alliance touristique acadienne et francophone de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard
48 Mill Road
P.O. Box 233
Wellington, PE C0B 2E0
Phone: 902-854-3439
Fax: 902-854-3099

Coopérative d'intégration francophone de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard
32 Route 124
P.O. Box 172
Wellington, PE C0B 2E0
Phone: 902-315-2870
Fax: 902-854-2406
E-Mail: directeur@immigrationevangeline.org
Website: www.immigrationevangeline.org/accueil.cfm

Fédération culturelle de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard
5 Maris Stella Avenue
Summerside, PE C1N 6M9
Phone: 902-888-3346
Fax: 902-888-1686
E-mail: fcipe@ssta.org
Website: www.fcipe.ca

Fédération des parents de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard
5 Maris Stella Avenue
Summerside, PE C1N 6M9
Phone: 902-436-4881
Fax: 902-436-6936
E-mail: fpipe@ssta.org

Francophones de l'âge d'or de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard
5 Maris Stella Avenue
Summerside, PE C1N 6M9
Phone: 902-436-4881
Fax: 902-436-6936
E-mail: faoipe@ssta.org
Website: www.faoipe.ca

Jeunesse Acadienne ltée
5 Maris Stella Avenue
Summerside, PE C1N 6M9
Phone: 902-436-4881
Fax: 902-436-6936
E-mail: jeunesseacadienne@ssta.org
Website: www.jeunesseacadienne.org

La Voix acadienne ltée
5 Maris Stella Avenue
Summerside, PE C1N 6M9
Telephone: 902-436-6005
Fax: 902-888-3976
E-mail: lavoix@pei.sympatico.ca
Website: www.lavoixacadienne.com

The Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island
P.O. Box 159
Miscouche, PE C0B 1T0
Phone: 902-432-2880
Fax: 902-432-2884
E-mail: museeacadien@teleco.org
Website: www.museevirtuel.ca/Exhibitions/Gestes/francais/r_ma.html

Société éducative de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard
48 Mill Road
P.O. Box 159
Wellington, PE C0B 2E0
Phone: 902-854-3010
Fax: 902-854-3011
E-mail: info@socedipe.org
Website: www.socedipe.org

Collège Acadie Î.-P.-É.
48 Mill Road
P.O. Box 159
Wellington, PE C0B 2E0
Phone: 902-854-3010
Fax: 902-854-3011
E-mail: info@collegeacadieipe.ca
Website: www.collegeacadieipe.ca

Carrefour de l'Isle-Saint-Jean
5 Acadian Drive
Charlottetown, PE C1C 1M2
Phone: 902-368-1895
Fax: 902-566-5989
E-mail: accueil@carrefourisj.org
Website: www.carrefourisj.org

Conseil acadien de Rustico
R.R. 3
Hunter River, PE C0A 1N0
Phone: 902-963-3252
Fax: 902-963-3442

Centre Belle-Alliance
5 Maris Stella Avenue
Summerside, PE C1N 6M9
Phone: 902-888-1681
Fax: 902-888-1686
E-mail: bellealliance@ssta.org
Website: www.belle-alliance.ca

Comité régional Rév S.-E.-Perrey
119 Deblois Road
R.R. 3
Deblois Tignish, PE C0B 2B0
Phone: 902-882-0475
Fax: 902-882-0482
E-mail: seperrey@seperrey.org
Website: www.belle-alliance.ca

Conseil scolaire-communautaire Évangéline
Box 124
R.R. 1
Wellington, PE C0B 2E0
Phone: 902-854-2166
Fax: 902-854-2981
E-mail: csce@teleco.org
Website: www.cscevangeline.ca

Le Comité acadien et francophone de l'Est
41 Breakwater Street
P.O. Box 808
Souris, PE C0A 2B0
Phone: 902-687-7179
Fax: 902-687-7176
E-mail: cafe@ssta.org