British Columbia

Characteristics

British Columbia has over 310,000 Francophiles and over 73,000 Francophones. The province is home to Canada’s fourth-largest Francophone community. Francophones first arrived in the province with Alexander Mackenzie in 1793.

Organization representing the Francophone population

Traditionally, Francophones were connected to one another through the fur trade, lumber industry and parishes. Later, they created new structures to share common interests. In the early 1940s, Francophones in British Columbia decided to reach out to the governments of Canada, British Columbia and Quebec to gain recognition for their contributions to building their province. The Club Canadien-Français de la C.-B. suggested establishing an association of the province’s Francophone circles, and in 1945, the Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique (FFCB) was formed. Today, the FFCB is actively involved in immigration and working to improve relationships and services in French at the provincial and municipal levels.

Immigration

British Columbia’s Francophone immigration program is an FFCB initiative. For 10 years now, the organization has been working to promote the province as a destination of choice for Francophone immigrants and establish the community as a welcoming environment, favourable to the settlement of individuals who decide to move there. The immigration program team helps newcomers looking for settlement support and assistance in B.C., as well as community members and partners who wish to get involved.

Tourism

British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province, offers a magnificent array of contrasting landscapes descending from the Rocky Mountains to its spectacular Pacific Ocean islands. With its majestic glaciers, temperate and boreal rainforests, countless lakes and rivers, ranchland, vineyards and orchards, British Columbia delivers priceless enjoyment to nature lovers.

Éducation

The Conseil scolaire francophone (CSF) is the fastest‑growing Francophone school board in B.C. With over 900 employees, the CSF in B.C. is one of the largest Francophone employers in western Canada.

French immersion classes are available in many of the province’s English schools. Immersion organizations are also available to parents and teachers, including the Association canadienne des professeurs d’immersion (ACPI), and Canadian Parents for French (CPF), British Columbia and Yukon Chapters.