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Francophone Affairs Program

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The Government of B.C. established the Francophone Affairs Program in 2001. Working with the francophone community in B.C. and the federal government, the Government of B.C. continues to increase its capacity as a province to help the community grow.

The provincial government has created a web-friendly map to help French-speakers find a wide range of services available in B.C. Click on the butterfly to access the map and find French services in the early childhood, education, economy and health sectors.

 

British Columbia’s Francophonie

Message from Norm Letnick   
Minister of Agriculture   

I am delighted that my responsibilities include the Francophone Affairs Program. It’s an honour to be involved in the contributions that British Columbian francophones and francophiles make to our province’s economic and social fabric.

In keeping with the province’s mandate, I look forward to work on initiatives that strengthen ties between French-speaking and English-speaking British Columbians. This is made possible thanks to our long-standing relationship with the federal government through the Canada-British Columbia Official languages Agreement on French-Languages Services 2013-2014 to 2017-2018.

In conjunction with the Agreement, the Francophone Affairs Program has developed a Strategic Plan that focuses on a number of priority areas:

  • Economic Development
  • Health
  • Social Services
  • Justice
  • Arts and Culture
  • Communication

Recently, many partnerships have been established through this Agreement to deliver valuable projects, such as:

• The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training for the support of the British Columbia Économusée project and the St. Ann’s Academy Francophone Heritage Guided Winter Tours.
• The Ministry of Justice for the French legal terminology training for bilingual Crown Counsel.
• The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Heritage Branch for its support in providing interpretive signs to four B.C. historic sites.
• The City of Prince George for providing bilingual permanent signage for the City’s 100th Anniversary and 2015 Canada Winter Games.
DataBC for its support of the development of a francophone economic development web-friendly map that connects French-speaking citizens to a wide range of services available in B.C.
Click on the butterfly to access the map and to assist you in finding French services in your area.

 


I encourage B.C. Ministries, public agencies, Crown corporations and municipalities to continue establishing partnerships with the Francophone Affairs Program and also to create partnerships with B.C. francophone organizations. I recognize that successful undertakings require teamwork and collaboration. These partnerships will positively contribute to the development of all communities.

I look forward to sharing ideas on how we can best serve our French-speaking citizens. I hope we can foster an open and dynamic francophone community that will continue to grow with our province.

 

 

Norm Letnick

Federal-Provincial Partnership

The activities of the B.C. Francophone Affairs Program are supported through the Canada – British Columbia Official languages Agreement on French-Languages Services 2013-2014 to 2017-2018.

In conjunction with the Agreement, the Francophone Affairs Program has developed a Strategic Plan that includes objectives and priorities relevant to B.C.’s French speaking community, and were identified as part of the a consultation process.

The agreement focuses provincial activities in a number of priority areas:

  • Health and Social Services
  • Economic Development
  • Justice
  • Arts and Culture
  • Communication

For more information on the Francophone Affairs Program, please consult the 2013 – 2014 Annual Report (PDF).

If you wish to contact the Francophone Affairs Program staff, please e-mail us at FAP@gov.bc.ca. We will gladly serve you in French or English.

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