The Coopérative d'intégration francophone de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard (CIF) is an organization that welcomes French speaking newcomers and helps them get settled in PEI. We also organize activities to raise awareness about cultural diversity. The CIF is in charge of the francophone population growth dossier for the Acadian and francophone community of PEI.
We would like this survey to help us determine just how much the francophile population knows about the francophone community and its organizations, as well as find out the level of interest to integrate and be engaged in these organizations. The francophone community has more than 50 groups working various sectors like culture, immigration, sports and leisure, economic development and community development. Examples of these organizations are:
- The Société Saint-Thomas-d'Aquin (also known as Saint Thomas Aquinas Society or SSTA, spokesgroup for the Acadian and francophone population of PEI)
- RDÉE (provincial francophone economic development council)
- Jeunesse acadienne et francophone de l'ÎPÉ (JAFLIPE, youth group)
- 6 school and community centres
- Fédération culturelle de l'ÎPÉ
PEI has over 4,500 residents that have French as their maternal tongue, and 12.7% or nearly 18,000 are bilingual. Over 900 students frequent the French schools and nearly 5,000 students are registered for French immersion, representing more than 20% of the English schools' population.