I find that so strange Steve. I suppose the history behind such attitudes is deeply rooted in Canada's colonial past (sigh).For a country that has a French speaking population they were very reluctant to let it spread. There are now French immersion schools all across Canada and in fact there is one 3 blocks away that my nieces and nephew went to but it became French immersion where part of your day is spent learning totally in French after they got into the grades towards the end of public school and they want to start you in kindergarten if they can.
Your parent have to ask to have you placed in it though.
When I was in school the joy started in grade 8 or the last year of public school before you went into high school. When I asked the teacher if we were going to be learning the Continental French or our own French that had evolved from French in the 10th to 14th century and is very hard for modern French speaker to follow so I've been told.
The teacher looked at me like I had just blown fire out my ears and told me that we were learning "Proper" Continental French since it was more likely I would be going to Paris than Montreal that was 350 miles away. That reaffirmed my opinion of teachers in that school.