From coast to coast to coast, Canada is full of Francophones, Acadians and Francophiles. We believe these dynamic communities deserve to be known and recognized, so we have created profiles for them that include their characteristics, their Francophone spokesbody and the opportunities they offer for Francophone immigration, tourism and French immersion. Take a peek into their fascinating worlds and share in their culture — our culture.
The Société Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin was founded in 1919. At a conference to set up an association in charge of “raising funds for the education of Acadian youth,” the need for such an organization was acknowledged. While its main objective was to raise funds for education, the Société also sought to foster the full development of French and Acadian life in Prince Edward Island. Generous support allowed the Société to lay down the solid foundation that has allowed it to become, today, the main spokesbody for the Acadian community in Prince Edward Island.
Twitter : @commSSTA
The Prince Edward Island Coopérative d’intégration francophone (CIF) is the reception and settlement organization for Francophone newcomers to the province. Its principal mandate is to assist French-speaking newcomers who settle in PEI and to facilitate their social, economic, educational and cultural integration. The CIF also works to raise the host community’s awareness of the benefits of diversity and the importance of Francophone immigration. It also coordinates PEI’s Francophone integration network.
Information at www.tonile.ca, Twitter : @CIFIPE
UA trip to PEI is more than red cliffs, peaceful sandy beaches and rolling green hills…more than fresh seafood, creative craftspeople and world-renowned golf…it’s all that and a little more. You will be welcomed with open arms in the boats, studios, home and hearts of the Acadians who live there.
Information at www.tourismpei.com, Twitter : @tourismpei
For people interested in French as a second language, there are organizations that help people connect with the language of Molière. One of these is Canadian Parents for French, in Charlottetown, which works with several immersion schools on the island.
Twitter : @CPF_PEI
The Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick (SANB) is the political representative of Acadians in New Brunswick. Since it was founded in 1973, it has been devoted to defending and promoting the rights and interests of the province’s Acadian and Francophone community. The SANB is focused on openness and the inclusion of the different components of the community. The members of the SANB are individuals and provincial Acadian and Francophone associations, and the organization strives to maintain a fair balance between them in its structure and operations. With over 20,000 members, the SANB works at both the provincial and local levels.
Twitter : @SANB2012
According to Statistics Canada, by 2030, the entire demographic growth of Canada will be attributable to net immigration. Newcomers are essential to our future, not only here in New Brunswick but across the entire country. Immigration is not just a matter for the ministry and a few reception and settlement organizations: it is of concern to all the vital forces of the Francophonie in New Brunswick. Francophone immigration is also managed by the SANB.
Information at www.immigrationacadie.ca, Twitter : @TourismeNB
Tired of the ordinary? So are we. Travel East of Ordinary where original people perfectly complement the beauty of this place. New Brunswick, the neighbour of Québec and Maine, is the gateway to the Maritimes, but it is the best-kept secret of the eastern coast of Canada. Explore and discover what being East of Ordinary is all about. So be inspired. Be adventurous. Be yourself. Be East of Ordinary.
Information at www.tourismenouveaubrunswick.ca, Twitter : @TourismeNB
Founded in 1968, the Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to support the enhancement and general development of the Acadian and Francophone community in Nova Scotia. It is the main spokesbody for the province’s Acadians and Francophones, and it facilitates the cooperation and partnership of its member organizations, offering services and programs designed for their needs.
Twitter : @faneacadie
After the Citizenship and Immigration Canada steering committee released its Strategic Framework to Foster Immigration to Francophone Minority Communities in 2003, the Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse piloted a project focused on Francophone immigration to Nova Scotia. Immigration Francophone Nouvelle-Écosse works to increase the number of French-speaking newcomers who settle in Nova Scotia, to foster their integration into the province—and, more specifically, into the Acadian and Francophone community—and to increase the reception and settlement capacity of Nova Scotia’s Acadian and Francophone communities.
Set off on an adventure on the fun-filled roads of Nova Scotia. Cars are optional, because biking, hiking, sailing and canoeing are just as effective for spontaneously exploring and discovering what our peninsula has to offer. Leave your maps behind to make the most of your rising sense of freedom as you make your way from site to breath-taking site.
Information at www.novascotia.com, Twitter : @VisitNovaScotia
The Association canadienne des professeurs d’immersion (ACPI) works in Nova Scotia with the mission to guide immersion teaching by providing educators with solid support and multiple professional development opportunities and by inspiring pedagogical dialogue in French.
Information at www.acpi.ca, Twitter : @ACPI_
Since 1926, the ACFA has been the spokesbody for the Albertan Francophone community, fully committed to supporting its overall development. The ACFA’s responsibilities include consultation with Francophone organizations across the province and community development planning. Finally, in collaboration with the province’s other Francophone organizations, the ACFA promotes pride and French cultural expression throughout Alberta and presents a positive image of Albertan Francophonie to the Albertan population at large.
The Franco-Albertan community has established reception structures to guide and assist newcomers in their initial settlement and integration process. Operating under the responsibility of the ACFA’s provincial administrative council, the Réseau en immigration francophone de l'Alberta (RIFA) is a framework that supports the community in the implementation of community action plans to successfully receive, settle and integrate newcomers. RIFA is responsible for soliciting and fostering the engagement of all key players in the province, including federal, provincial and municipal government representatives, to maximize their contribution to the success of Francophone immigration.
Traditionally, Francophones were connected to each other through the fur trade, the lumber industry and their parishes. Later they created new structures to share their common interests. In the early 1940s, the Francophones in British Columbia decided to reach out to the federal, provincial and Québec governments to gain recognition for their contributions to the establishment of their province. The Club Canadien-Français de la C.-B. put forward the idea of an association of the province’s Francophone circles, and in 1945, the Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique (FFCB) was formed. Today, it works actively on immigration and on improving relations and French services at the provincial and municipal levels.
Twitter : @FedeFrancoCB
British Columbia’s Francophone immigration program is an FFCB initiative. For ten years now the organization has been working to promote the province as a destination of choice for Francophone immigrants and to ensure that the community is a welcoming environment, favourable to the settlement of the people who decide to move there. Whether you are a newcomer looking for support and assistance to settle and establish yourself in B.C. or a partner or community member who wants to get involved, the immigration program team is there for you.
Twitter : @PIFCB
Canada’s western-most province is a land of nature writ large, with a magnificent array of contrasting landscapes, from the heights of the Rockies to the spectacular islands in the Pacific Ocean. Majestic glaciers, temperate rainforests, boreal forests, innumerable lakes and rivers, ranches, vineyards and orchards: British Columbia offers endless pleasures to nature lovers.
Information at www.tourisme-cb.com, http://www.hellobc.com/
LThe Conseil scolaire francophone is the fastest-growing school board in B.C., with nearly 50,000 children registered in immersion programs. There are also immersion organizations that provide services to parents and teachers, such as ACPI and CPF.
Twitter : @CsfCb
The Société franco-manitobaine (SFM) is the official spokesbody of the Francophones of Manitoba. It defends the rights guaranteed to Francophones and calls for the adoption of new laws and government policies to improve options and opportunities for living in French in Manitoba. The SFM facilitates communication and cooperation among the various Francophone organizations in the province. It is involved in every area of activity, including economic development, education and training for Francophones, the expansion of French-language living in Manitoba, the establishment of ties among communities, the promotion of cultural and artistic expression and much more.
Information at www.sfm.mb.ca, Twitter : @233ALLO
Accueil francophone, an SFM initiative launched in 2003, helps French-speaking newcomers get settled in Manitoba. It welcomes the newcomers, assists them in their settlement process within the community, provides them with information, facilitates their access to community services and programs and, finally, encourages the host community to get involved in welcoming and embracing their new neighbours. Accueil francophone is a member of the Réseau en Immigration Francophone du Manitoba.
Located in the centre of Canada, Manitoba’s untouched natural beauty and urban elegance will leave you captivated. Make friends with the majestic polar bear and soak up the vibrant culture of the capital city, Winnipeg. Paddle alongside curious beluga whales and discover the hospitality and friendliness of our people during the vacation of a lifetime to Manitoba.
The Manitoban landscape is highly varied. The south-western part of the province is prairie, with flat farmland and fields stretching out as far as the eye can see. Manitoba’s northern reaches are tundra, also relatively flat, while the rest of the province is carved from the Northern Shield, with bedrock and forests interwoven with magnificent lakes, hills and cliffs.
Information at www.travelmanitoba.com/fr et au www.joiedevivremanitoba.com, Twitter : @TravelManitoba
Have you just started teaching French immersion? Or perhaps you have been teaching it for years, but French is not your first language? If you want to expand your experience in French, pair up with Francophone seniors in your community and experience French at home. ACPI and the ÉFMs are there to help!
Information at www.efm-mts.org, Twitter : @EFMdepartout
Canadian Parents for French (CPF) is a national network of volunteers who believe that French is an integral part of Canada and who work to create and promote opportunities for young Canadians to learn French as a second language.
Information at www.cpf.ca/fr/
The Association des francophones du Nunavut was founded in 1981 when a group of fervent hockey fans decided to band together officially to rebroadcast Montréal Canadiens games. Since then, the AFN has expanded and transformed. It now has a vibrant radio station and a newspaper run by an editing committee. The Franco-Centre, with its stage and sound equipment, provides a venue for many socio-cultural gatherings. In addition to its unifying and cultural role, the AFN is the Nunavut Francophone community’s spokesbody. A coordination table serves as a bridge among all the Francophone organizations.
Nunavut does not have any organizations specifically dedicated to Francophone immigration, but the AFN is available to answer questions from newcomers and help them with social integration. Community and Government Services (CGS) also works with local authorities to improve their capacity to meet the needs of their residents. CGS plays a major role by helping communities become independent and sustainable, meet the social and cultural needs of their residents and contribute to the economic, social cultural and environmental development of Nunavut.
As the youngest territory of Canada, Nunavut is always pleased to invite visitors to its beautiful land, one of the largest unspoiled natural paradises on the planet. People from everywhere are cordially invited to come and enjoy the arctic wildlife and the Inuit way of life, explore the top of the world and be dazzled by the vivid dancing hues of the aurora borealis.
Information at www.nunavuttourism.com
The Commission scolaire francophone du Nunavut (CSFN) offers quality education to Franco-Nunavummiut students that helps them expand their horizons and become engaged citizens. Recognized for its excellent educational services, the CSFN works to develop the full potential and Franco-Nunavummiut cultural identity of every student. Francization programs are also offered for 4-year-olds.
Information at www.csfn.ca
As the spokesbody and political voice of the 611,500 Franco-Ontarians, the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (the Assemblée) works to remain relevant and in tune with the Franco-Ontarian community. Ontario has the largest number of Francophones in North American outside of Québec, and they live in all four corners of the provinces. The diversity and distribution of the Franco-Ontarian community makes the Assemblée’s work both complex and exciting, as it strives to represent the realities of each location and to speak with a strong and unified voice.
Twitter : @MonAssemblee
There are three Francophone immigration support networks tasked with connecting, consulting with and coordinating the province’s many service providers and other Francophone immigration partners: East, North and Centre-South-West. The Economic and Social Council of Ottawa-Carleton (CESOC) is another organization that promotes and fosters the reception and settlement of Francophone immigrants. Many programs and activities are offered that promote the socio-economic development of Francophone immigrants and support them in their settlement plans.
Twitter : @rsifeo / @ReseauduNord / @Cesoc1
At over a million square kilometres, Ontario is a land of unparalleled diversity, with upwards of 400,000 lakes, rivers and streams, 12 million inhabitants, 80 cultures and several millennia of history. A stay in Ontario can be spent in almost any imaginable way: explore cosmopolitan theatres, bustling stores, fabulous restaurants, Aboriginal heritage, fascinating historical sites, tons of attractions, fantastic festivals, natural marvels, captivating outdoor adventures and far, far more.
Information at www.ontariotravel.net/en, Twitter : @OntarioTravel
ELF (Éducation en langue française en Ontario) communicates and fosters Francophone culture, offering a unique experience to the people who attend its institutions.
The Ministère de l’Immigration, Diversité et Inclusion has a website that answers most of the questions commonly asked by future immigrants. To find out whether Québec is right for you, explore the various sections of the site, which explain common values, quality of life, the economy and daily life.
Information at www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca
Discover the four seasons of Québec: summer, fall, winter and spring.
Take advantage of summer to explore Québec’s tourism routes. Quebecers take every opportunity in the summer to celebrate. In every direction and every region, you will find people celebrating music, song, dance, humour or local products!
An explosion of colour, scent and flavour heralds the arrival of fall. By the end of September, the forests are donning warm colours: red, orange, gold… The orchards and vineyards are heavy with fruit, and the skies are a grandiose sight, filled with flocks of geese making their way south before winter.
From November to March, Québec moves to the beat of an invigorating season. And since the snow doesn’t last forever, it’s best to take advantage of it while it’s falling! Frost, drifting snow, deep freeze or brilliant sunshine – it is all an excuse for adventure, entertainment and celebration.
And what excitement when the first days of spring arrive, around mid-March! Following Aboriginal tradition, the first colonists learned to tap the sugar maples and boil down the sap to a rich syrup, much-coveted for its flavour and colour. This seasonal ritual has given birth to an extraordinary culinary tradition and a flourishing industry.
Information at www.quebecoriginal.com, Twitter : @TourismeQuebec
When immigrants arrive in Québec, they have access to a variety of free French courses. Financial assistance is also offered to make it easier for them to attend classes. There are also many courses given directly online.
The Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise (ACF) has been the Francophone spokesbody in Saskatchewan since 1912. Its mission is to protect, defend and promote the rights of the province’s Francophones. Its vision is to help develop a future in which Franco-Saskatchewanians of all ages are proud of their identity, blossom fully in their language and culture and contribute to the development of the Francophone community of Saskatchewan and Canada. The ACF has a provincial secretariat in Regina and several satellite offices through which it offers employment and immigration services, community development and political representation.
Twitter : @ACF1
The ACF’s Employment and Immigration sector promotes cultural diversity in Saskatchewan and works in partnership with other stakeholders to facilitate the settlement of Francophone newcomers and offer employment assistance services. Several services are available, including a welcome service at the airport, assistance in the search for lodgings and schools, help writing a CV and access to computer resources.
Located in Central-Western Canada, Saskatchewan boasts a wide variety of landscapes and an unforgettable sky. It is known as the breadbasket of the world, thanks to the size of its grain production. Rent a recreational vehicle and crisscross deserted roads through picturesque valleys. Hike historic foot trails, the very trails our First Nations inhabitants have walked for thousands of years. Camp in one of hundreds of parks, dive into cool, pure water and admire sunsets and the ballet of the aurora borealis while listening to the distant call of loons. These are just a few of the adventures Saskatchewan has in store for you.
Information at www.tourismsaskatchewan.com, Twitter : @Saskatchewan
The French immersion programs in Saskatchewan are for children whose mother tongue is not necessarily French. The children can sign up in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten or Grade 1. The objective of the immersion program is to offer children the opportunity to become perfectly bilingual, work in both official languages and recognize the value of other cultures.
Information at www.parents.bonjoursk.ca
The Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et Labrador (FFTNL) was created in 1973. At that time, a French immersion program was launched because the provincial government had refused to subsidize the development of Francophone schools. In the following years, Francophones made several positive strides, such as building school and community centres and signing agreements with the federal government. The FFTNL works to defend and promote the rights and interests of the Francophone and Acadian community in Newfoundland-Labrador. It defends the rights of Francophones in minority-language situations. Its mission is to promote the Francophonie in the province and facilitate its development.
Newfoundland-Labrador warmly welcomes all newcomers to the province and acknowledges their social, cultural and economic contributions (in French or in English). The FFTNL believes it is crucial to be open to the world and to contribute to the development of every individual in order to grow as a community. It is committed to the integration of newcomers. It knows that it takes courage to settle in a new country, but the province offers a wide array of stimulating opportunities, and the contributions of Francophone immigrants are extremely beneficial to its French-speaking community.
Twitter : @VIVREaTNL
Newfoundland-Labrador is a province imprinted with Francophone history. In the early 16th century, Jacques Cartier stopped off in Newfoundland, and there are towns and cities with names that recall the Bretons, Normands and Basques who lived there. Come and discover ancient Viking longhouses, the national historic site Port au Choix, the Dorset soap stone quarries, the Mary March museum and the Cabot Tower. From West to East, from Labrador to Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, a world of discovery awaits you!
The Conseil scolaire francophone de TNL is in charge of providing a complete education in French, from kindergarten to Grade 12. Five public non-confessional schools are under its stewardship in Labrador, on the Port-au-Port peninsula and in Saint John. French immersion programs are also available in 72 schools in the province. Beginning in kindergarten, students are invited to learn in French and to make French part of their everyday lives.
Information at www.csfp.nl.ca, Twitter : @csfp_tnl
As th e leading member of the network of Francophone and Francophile communities and associations, the Fédération franco-ténoise (FFT) is recognized as the privileged partner of the municipal, territorial and federal governments with regard to political representation and protecting the rights of the NWT’s Francophone communities. Its mission is to promote, encourage and defend French-Canadian cultural, political, social and community life in the Northwest Territories, in order to nurture the vitality of the NWT’s Francophone communities. To this end, the FFT provides political representation, consultation, promotion and development support to these communities, in collaboration with its members and partners.
Twitter : @La_FFT
The Centre d’accueil d’Immigration francophone aux TNO plays a primary role in the socio-cultural integration of immigrants. Developed by the FFT through an agreement with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), it offers settlement services to Francophone immigrants and supports a variety of projects that promote immigration, diversity and socio-cultural integration. The Centre’s goal is to make community integration easier for Francophone immigrants to Yellowknife.
Information at www.accueilimmigrationtno.com
The Northwest Territories are a prime destination for nature lovers from all over the world. This is one of the rare parts of our earth where nature still reigns supreme. With its thousands of hectares of forests and tundra, outdoor enthusiasts have something to chew on…whether they are exploring by canoe, kayak, cross-country ski or simply by foot, camera in hand! The 1.17 million square kilometres of the Northwest Territories are just waiting to enchant you!
Information at www.tnospectaculaire.com
In the Northwest Territories, four Anglophone school boards offer French immersion programs. The Commission scolaire francophone TNO offers top-quality French mother tongue education services at the pre-school, elementary and high school levels.
Information at www.csftno.com, Twitter : @csftno
Francophones have been present and active in the Yukon since the 1800s. In 1979, they banded together to promote discussions in French and defend their rights. In 1982, they formed the Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY) and developed its first constitution. The AFY now boasts 135 members. It subscribes to the vision of a strong, viable Franco-Yukon community that has many partners and supporters and contributes to the development of the Yukon. Its mission is to work with its partners to create and develop the services, activities and institutions needed for the Franco-Yukon community to blossom and thrive.
Twitter : @AFY867
The Vivre, travailler et immigrer au Yukon website provides information about the Yukon to help newcomers with job searches, integration support and volunteering opportunities. The Yukon is a dynamic, welcoming community with incomparable work-life balance, a Francophone school, services in French, endless interesting career options and much, much more.
The Yukon, that legendary land of dreams and the inspiration for the Gold Rush in the late 19th century, is indelibly marked by the daring spirit of the pioneers and the wisdom of the Aboriginal culture. Its landscapes, history, attractions, facilities and the welcoming attitude of its inhabitants make it a choice destination that is sure to satisfy all visitors. The Tourisme Yukon website is a wonderful tool to help plan a journey in French.
Study in the Yukon – yes, you can! You can get an education in French in the Yukon from pre-school to high school. Post-secondary studies are also available, in English, at Yukon College, which has its main campus in Whitehorse and a network of 13 community campuses. Yukon College is the only institution that offers post-secondary training in the Yukon, but a growing number of universities and colleges now offer distance courses and programs in French.