French Language Training Program

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French Language Services (FLS) offers learning opportunities for bilingual and unilingual provincial government employees, including those with a background in French Immersion. FLS coordinates two French language training funding programs, providing our workforce with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skill base in conversational French, to be able to provide excellence in public service in both English and French.

The primary goal of the program is to maintain and improve the quality of French used to deliver services to the public as required under the French Language Services Act. The secondary goal is to offer development opportunities for provincial government employees wanting to learn French. The Province is working to increase its bilingual capacity to meet the needs of the Francophone population of PEI. Managers are invited to consult the French Language Services Manager for advice in meeting the specific language training needs of their employees.

The Province has an agreement with Collège de l’Île to offer courses at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, with the addition of maintenance and grammar courses for bilingual employees. Classes are generally held one night per week for a total of 11 weeks per semester in Charlottetown and Summerside. Other classes may be held in Montague and Deblois when minimum registration requirements are met. Supervisor approval is not required for courses offered on employee personal time. 

French language training is open to all active employees. Courses sponsored by the French Language Training Program are free of charge to employees and their departments. This funding is available to classified and casual civil service employees, including employees of Health PEI. 

Eligible departments covered under the French Language Training Program are as follows:

  • Agriculture and Land
  • Health PEI
  • Environment, Water and Climate Change
  • Health and Wellness
  • Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture
  • Justice and Public Safety
  • Education and Lifelong Learning*
  • Legislative Assembly
  • Executive Council Office
  • Museum and Heritage Foundation
  • Social Development and Housing
  • PEI Liquor Control Commission
  • Finance
  • PEI Public Service Commission
  • Fisheries and Communities
  • Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy

Education and Lifelong Learning* (except for teachers who are currently teaching or will be teaching within the coming year and school board employees*). Teachers may communicate directly with the French Programs Coordinator at 902-438-4859 for departmental funding if they wish to take the French Language Training offered by the Collège de l’Île. 

The French Language Training Government Institution Program sponsors the following agencies, boards and commissions, who are subject to the French Language Services Act. This funding covers 50% of the course cost, requiring 50% to come from their employer (government institution).  Applications under the French Language Training Government Institution Program must include an email or a letter confirming funding from their employer.

  • Island Waste Management Corporation
  • Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission
  • PEI Human Rights Commission
  • Workers Compensation Board
  • Innovation PEI

 Guidelines and Applicant Responsibilities:

  • All applications must be submitted by email to
  • If you must withdraw from the course, please notify the Fund administrator immediately at 902-368-6175.
  • Attendance will be confirmed by Collège de l’Île.  Participants are expected to attend all classes in a session. If more than three classes are missed, the participant will be required to reimburse the program for 50% of the cost of the course ($125).
  • Participants who discontinue a course once started, could be requested to pay a cost for the remaining classes not attended. 

In order to help agencies and departments assess their training needs, priority levels for French language training have been established, as follows:

  • Priority Level 1: An employee whose position is designated bilingual.
  • Priority Level 2: An employee whose position within a division supports and complements an existing bilingual position; or a manager whose division has designated bilingual positions.
  • Priority Level 3: An employee whose position, although not related to a bilingual position as above, might be called from time to time to serve the public in both official languages.
  • Priority Level 4: An employee who wishes to receive French language training for career purposes within the Prince Edward Island Government.

Employees may also decide to acquire Development and Training Funds (department, excluded and unionized -UPSE civil) to cover the cost of French language training not covered through the French Language Training Program or the French Language Training Government Institution Program.   

Please note that Collège de l’Île will share with the PSC, the student’s Language Passport to indicate if the course level has been completed or not.  The levels completed will be updated in the employees’ profiles in PeopleSoft. 

Contact (902) 368-6175 or email for any questions or concerns.