In 2016, 46,060 Manitobans reported French as their first official language. More than half of Manitoba’s Francophones live in Winnipeg. The Festival du Voyageur is the largest Francophone winter festival in western Canada.
Organization representing the Francophone population
The Société de la francophonie manitobaine (SFM), founded in 1968, is the official representative of Manitoba’s Francophone community. It works to enhance the community’s vitality and advocates for full respect of its rights. Together with its partners, it plans, facilitates and promotes the community’s overall development.
The SFM’s mission has three parts:
- Foster the full recognition and use of French in Manitoba.
- Advocate to all levels of government for the right to communicate and flourish in French.
- Offer a full range of services in French.
Accueil francophone, an SFM initiative launched in 2003, facilitates the settlement of French‑speaking newcomers to Manitoba. It welcomes them, helps them settle in the community, provides them with information, facilitates their access to community services and programs and, lastly, encourages host communities to get involved in supporting them. Accueil francophone is a member of the Réseau en immigration francophone du Manitoba.