A snapshot of French immersion

Published November 1, 2012

Immersion enrolment in Canada remains stable, neither significantly growing nor declining. During the 2009-10 school year, more than 338,000 Canadian children were enrolled in French immersion out of total school enrolment of over 4 million. Participation in immersion ranged from some 6,000 in junior kindergarten to 35,000 in Grade 1 and 11,500 in Grade 11. Enrolment tends to be higher in the primary grades and then drops in the high school years as students prepare for university entrance exams and seek a broader range of course options than some immersion programs can provide. In addition, more than 1.5 million students were enrolled during 2009-10 in intensive core French programs.
— Source: Provincial and territorial education ministries


  • Diana Swift

    Diana Swift is an award-winning writer and editor with 30 years’ experience in newspaper and magazine editing and production. In January 2011, she joined the Anglican Journal as a contributing editor.

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