-With files from Niamh Anderson
French immersion enrollment figures are on the rise for the 18th year in a row in BC.
A report released Tuesday shows almost 10% of the student body participates in the language initiative.
Those figures are expected to rise with more students participating in French immersion programs.
But Executive Director for Canadian Parents for French, Glyn Lewis has expressed a growing concern for the shortage of qualified French language teachers.
“Part of the puzzle is letting teacher candidates know that what teachable majors are in demand, and what teachable majors aren’t in demand, and we know that French, the sciences and some trades are teachable majors where they’re going to come out of post secondary institutions, and be basically headhunted. “
According to Stats Canada, Canadians who speak both French and English earn 10% more compared to those who only speak one.