The Last 30 Years

1980
The Prince Edward Island School Act is amended to allow the official establishment of French-language classes in the province.

1987
Establishment of a French Services Policy by the Government of Prince Edward Island.

1990
Creation of a French-language school board, the Commission scolaire de langue française de l'Île-du-PrinceÉdouard, which now enables Acadians and Francophones Islanders to govern their own schools.

1991
Establishment of the Société éducative de l'Île-du-PrinceÉdouard, which sets up the Centre provincial de formation pour adultes in Wellington three years later. From this Centre, the Société éducative offers a distance training service and a spectrum of tailored part-time courses to adult clients on the Island. Also, the Société éducative develops and delivers literacy programs.

1999
Creation of the Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité (RDÉE) to support the economic development of the Island's Francophone community.

2000

  • In January, the Acadian Francophone community of Prince Edward Island welcomed with joy the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in favour of the Francophone parents of Summerside/Miscouche. Since 1982, they had demanded that the Province of Prince Edward Island establish an entirely Francophone school in their community. The ruling recognized that the Francophone community of Summerside/Miscouche is entitled to a school providing instruction in French in its area.

  • Enactment of the first sections of Prince Edward Island's French Language Services Act.

  • Inauguration of the French schools in Summerside, Rustico, West Prince and Souris (between 2000 and 2002).


2002
Creation of the Réseau des services de santé en français de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard, an organization that works to ensure increased access to health services and social services in French by the Acadian and Francophone population in Prince Edward Island.

2008
The Collège Acadie Î.-P.-É., the only French post-secondary institution in the province, is officially recognized by the Government of Prince Edward Island as a postsecondary institution financed through public funds. This recognition is part of the provincial government's commitment to developing a long-term plan to strengthen the Acadian and Francophone community. The Collège offers quality training in French from its main training centre in Wellington and its two satellite centres in Charlottetown and Deblois (West Prince).