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New Brunswick


As the only province that recognizes both of Canada’s official languages (English and French), New Brunswick is open to innovative ideas and new cultural influences. The province is home to over 100 ethnic communities from around the world.

Of the province’s 784,000 residents, over 260,000 speak French. The province also has the largest number of French speakers in Atlantic Canada.

The Acadian people, pioneers and builders of the country, have celebrated Acadian Day on August 15 since 1881, the year in which the first national Acadian convention was held in Memramcook, New Brunswick. The National Acadian Day Act was passed by the Government of Canada in 2003.


Organization representing the Francophone population

The Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick (SANB) is the recognized political representative of New Brunswick’s Acadian population.

Since its founding, the SANB and its hundreds of volunteers have been part of every struggle to ensure that New Brunswick’s Acadian and Francophone community can develop and flourish in French, in all sectors of activity.

Today, the Acadian associative world is dynamic and includes numerous associations targeting a wide range of fields. In view of this dynamic associative life, the SANB plays a coordinating role, promoting collaboration and helping create federative spaces for the well-being of Acadians and Francophones in New Brunswick.

As it approaches its 50th anniversary, the SANB continues to be a citizen’s movement, dedicated to the development of the French language in the heart of Canada’s only officially bilingual province, as well as on the federal stage.


Across the province, institutions of higher learning offer comprehensive French-language training leading to a variety of career choices. The Université de Moncton, with its three campuses, is one of Canada’s leading French-language universities outside Quebec. The New Brunswick Community College, a general and technical education institution, has five Francophone campuses. The province also has 90 French public elementary and high schools.

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According to Statistics Canada, by 2030, Canada’s entire demographic growth will be attributable to net immigration. Newcomers are essential to building a strong and diverse Francophone community, not just in New Brunswick but across the entire country. Immigration is not the responsibility of just one department and some reception and settlement organizations; it involves all key stakeholders of New Brunswick’s Francophonie. Francophone immigration is managed by the Réseau en immigration francophone du Nouveau-Brunswick, which has 25 members, all of which are Francophone or bilingual organizations in the province, including the SANB, which provides administrative management of the Francophone immigration file.


New Brunswick is known for its natural beauty. It is home to the warmest saltwater beaches in Canada, the magnificent St. John River, often referred to as the Rhine of North America, and the tides of the Bay of Fundy, the highest in the world. From the big cities to the quiet countryside, each region of the province has its own unique charms that invite discovery. Every community has its own personality and is well worth a visit. No matter where you go in the province, a sincere welcome awaits you.