Infographic: The French Presence in Prince Edward Island

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  • French is the first official language of 3.5% of the population (4,813 people)
  • 12% of the population (17,005 people) can speak both English and French


  • 23%*
    4,391 students are enrolled in French immersion (* of eligible enrolment)
  • 34%*
    6,627 students are enrolled in core French (* of eligible enrollment)
  • In 2015-2016, 853 students were enrolled in 6 public French-language schools
  • The Collège de l’Île offers college programs in French at its Wellington and Charlottetown campuses, and a training centre in DeBlois.

Where do Francophones live?

Census Divisions

  • Kings County (Souris): 4%
  • Queens County (Charlottetown): 33%
  • Prince County (Evangeline, Summerside): 63%

Where were they born?

Nearly two thirds of Francophones living in PEI were born on the island:

  • In PEI: 63%
  • Elsewhere in Canada: 35%
  • Abroad: 2%


March: Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie is a celebration of the French language and of Francophone culture in PEI.

September: The Evangeline Area Agricultural Exhibition and Acadian Festival celebrates the area’s Acadian culture and agricultural roots.

December: A ceremony to commemorate the deportation of the Prince Edward Island Acadians is held each year on December 13, Acadian Remembrance Day.


The French presence in PEI dates back to 1720, when a French colony settled on the island known as Île Saint-Jean. Nearly all of the Acadians were deported from the island in 1758. In 1884, Maritime Acadians adopted their national symbols, including the flag, at the Acadian National Convention in Miscouche.

In 1990, the PEI government created the French-language school board, which is responsible for administering and promoting French education in the province. In 2013, the new French Language Services Act was passed.



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