Tuesday, June 25, 2013

L.I.F.E. in Manitoba

CPF-MB has a brand new resource available online at http://mb.cpf.ca/resources/for-parents/!

L.I.F.E. (Linking Immigrants to French and English) in Manitoba provides information regarding Canada’s Official Languages and is available in both French and English. Primarily, it assists immigrants and newcomers to Manitoba, to make fully informed decisions when they choose language-based educational programs for their children.

Additionally, it serves to enhance understanding and appreciation of:

  • the history and relevance of Canada’s Official Languages;
  • French and English as modern day languages that have endured the passage of time throughout Canada’s history;
  • the social, cultural, educational and career benefits and advantages that bilingual Canadians have;
  • the rights of Canadians with regards to requesting the use of both French and English in community and business.

L.I.F.E. in Manitoba will also be available on www.frenchforlife.ca in the coming week!

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Conference Board of Canada Study, reveals that the knowledge of both official languages is an asset to the Canadian Economy

On Wednesday, June 19 Canada, Bilingualism and Trade released a study showing that knowledge of both official languages is an asset to the Canadian Econonomy. The study will be useful in demonstrating the social/economic benefits of being bilingual. For more information, please visit http://www.cedec.ca/canada-bilingualism-and-trade/.


Conference Board of Canada Study, reveals that the knowledge of both official languages is an asset to the Canadian Economy  

This paper has established that Bilingual Canada’s trade volumes are higher than would be expected, given its share of overall Canadian trade. As a share of overall world trade, Bilingual Canada trades much more with French-speaking countries than Less Bilingual Canada. These results do not come as a surprise because the empirical literature is clear—sharing a common language facilitates trade.

We also provided a numerical example of the benefits of trade, using David Ricardo’s famous theory of comparative advantage. Given that trade leads to increased prosperity and countries that share a common language trade more with each other, it follows that being a bilingual country will boost trade and, in turn, prosperity, as knowledge of more than one language increases the number of potential trade partners.

In fact, using two separate empirical techniques—location quotients and gravity equations—we were able to estimate how much proficiency in French has boosted trade between Bilingual Canada and French-speaking countries. We take comfort in the fact that both techniques yielded very similar results. In 2011, exports from Bilingual Canada to French-speaking countries were valued at US$2.7 billion, while imports from French-speaking countries to Bilingual Canada were valued at US$9.3 billion. Thus, average bilateral trade, using the geometric mean, was US$5 billion that year.

Using location quotients and using 2011 as an example, we determined that Bilingual Canada’s knowledge of French boosted exports by US$1.7 billion and imports by US$7.2 billion. Taking the geometric mean, we see that Bilingual Canada’s proficiency in French boosted average bilateral trade by US$3.5 billion in 2011.

According to our gravity equation analysis, we would expect Bilingual Canada’s trade with French-speaking countries to be more than 65 per cent higher than with countries that do not speak French. This means that, again using 2011 as an example, Canada’s nominal exports and nominal imports were each US$3.3 billion higher thanks to Bilingual Canada’s proficiency in French. 

Research shows that individuals benefit from being bilingual, as the ability to speak more than one language has a positive payoff. Thus, bilingualism confers private benefits on those who speak two languages. But this paper has shown that there are public benefits to bilingualism as well. General knowledge of French in New Brunswick and Quebec boosts trade between those provinces and French-speaking countries. Thus, higher bilateral trade is one mechanism through which all Canadians benefit from Canada’s status as a bilingual country.


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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Découvertes manitobaines en chanson 2013

On Saturday, June 22, 2013 you're invited to watch Les Découvertes manitobaines en chanson 2013! Tickets are $10, doors open at 7:30pm with the event getting underway at 8pm at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobaine. To purchase tickets, please contact 233-ALLO or visit www.100nons.com for more information.


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Monday, June 03, 2013

CPF-MB's new website

Canadian Parents for French -Manitoba has a new website! At the beginning of April 2013, Canadian Parents for French National rolled out new websites for each branch office in order to better help brand the organization nationally.

While www.cpfmb.com will continue to be maintained for the next little while, we encourage you to take a look at our new website for all the latest news and happenings at CPF-MB: http://mb.cpf.ca/.

Happy surfing!

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