According to the 2016 census, 88,140 people in Alberta reported French as their mother tongue. It is also estimated that over 268,600 Albertans can speak French.
Five Alberta municipalities are officially bilingual: Beaumont, Legal, Falher, Plamondon and Grande Prairie.
On March 1, 2018, March was declared Mois de la Francophonie (Francophonie Month) in Alberta.
French was the first European language spoken on the land that would become Alberta in 1905.
The Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta (ACFA) has a network of 13 regional chapters and a local circle, as well as 13 school and community workers who help maintain the vitality of the Francophone community throughout the province.
Organization representing the Francophone population
Since 1926, the ACFA has represented Alberta’s Francophone population, fully committed to supporting its overall development. The ACFA’s responsibilities include consulting with Francophone organizations across the province and planning community development. In collaboration with the province’s other Francophone organizations, the ACFA promotes French culture and pride throughout Alberta and projects a positive image of Alberta’s Francophonie to the province’s communities.