In 1969, the Official Languages Act came into being, and for
French communities in a minority situation, it was a much needed
source of financing and security that would serve to protect
their previously overlooked linguistic rights.
In Alberta, the School Act was amended in 1968, to allow 50
percent of curriculum to be delivered in French. In 1976, the
act was amended once again: 80 percent of curriculum could be
taught in French. This period saw the rise of immersion
programs. At that time, the schools were mixed, but it soon
became possible for a francophone child to begin school with
children who were enrolled in immersion programs.