Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy in French Immersion and French Second-Language Programs

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The Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy in French Immersion and French Second-Language Programs supports various strategies and activities aimed at countering the teacher shortage in immersion and French as a second language programs.

Who can apply

To be eligible for funding, an applicant must be:

  • a provincial or territorial government;
  • the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC);
  • a Canadian professional organization; or
  • a registered Canadian non-profit organization.

Eligible projects

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • projects that demonstrate an ability to rise to the challenges associated with teacher recruitment and/or retention;
  • national, regional, and/or provincial/territorial projects to respond to common and specific needs of the regions and/or communities;
  • research and analysis projects to better understand the nature of challenges and trendsFootnote 1;
  • promotional campaigns for the teaching profession and the benefits of bilingualism;
  • projects to improve the working conditions of teachers (for example, continuous training and support in the development of language skills);
  • projects to develop and update educational resources adapted to teaching in a second-language setting and/or to the Canadian context to promote the existing tools and resources or to improve access to educational resources;
  • strategies to facilitate the recognition of competencies and credentials, including the integration of foreign teachers.

Eligible expenditures

Eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to:

  • costs incurred for activities related to teacher recruitment and/or retention activities in French immersion and French second-language programs;
  • costs related to research and the dissemination of knowledge, methods and teaching tools related to French immersion and French second-language programs;
  • costs incurred for consultation and strategic planning processes related to the issue of teacher recruitment and/or retention, including travel expenses and accommodation for project partners;
  • costs related to recruitment activities abroad as part of a national, regional and provincial/territorial strategy.

The following expenditures are not eligible:

  • capital expenditures
  • program development expenditures

How to apply

Contact the Official Languages Support Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage to request an application package and to submit the required documentation.

Application deadline

February 28, 2023

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Department of Canadian Heritage
Official Languages Branch
15 Eddy Street, 7th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec
J8X 4B3



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