Health care and social services

  • In 2006, the Réseau santé albertain created, a Web resource documenting everything health-related in French in Alberta. This website provides access to the Répertoire albertain des professionnels de la santé, a list of health professionals able to provide care in French. This list currently holds over 1,200 names.
  • An inter-professional health clinic, the Centre de santé communautaire Saint-Thomas, was established in the fall of 2007.
  • The Société de mieux-être du Centre-Est (which includes volunteers from the communities of Saint-Paul, Bonnyville, Cold Lake, Lac La Biche and Plamondon) aims to improve health services in the region. It currently has no guarantee of funding.
  • There are regional committees for the promotion of health services in the Rivière la Paix region. A French-language health services coordinator works within the Peace Country regional authority. This position is funded equally by the Government of Alberta's Francophone Secretariat and the regional authority.








Education and training

  • French-language education in Alberta is provided by:
  • 32 schools
  • 28 preschools
  • Two daycare centres
  • Eight French-language play groups for children 0-5 years old (community facility where the children can play while parents chat, all of it in French).
  • Five regional French school boards:
  • Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord
  • Conseil scolaire du Nord-Ouest
  • Conseil scolaire du Centre-Est
  • Conseil scolaire du Sud de l'Alberta
  • Conseil scolaire catholique et francophone du sud de l'Alberta
  • General bachelor programs in arts, science education and engineering science offered by the University of Alberta's Campus Saint-Jean. This institution also offers two bilingual bachelor programs (nursing and business administration, as well as masters in education and Canadian studies).
  • College-level programs will be offered by the Campus Saint-Jean in Edmonton starting in the fall of 2010.
  • The Société de l'éducation de l'Alberta (Éduk) is responsible for the literacy file at the provincial level and promotes adult learning.
  • Other organizations in the education sector include the Alliance française de Calgary, the Alliance française d'Edmonton, the Centre français à l'Université de Calgary, the Centre d'expérience préscolaire de parascolaire (CEP), and the Fédération des parents francophones de l'Alberta (FPFA);
  • Since 2005, ACFA has struck agreements with a number of French school boards to create community education coordinator positions in order to establish links between schools, the community and families. There are currently six coordinators within the Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord, located in the cities of Legal, Saint-Albert, Wainwright, Red Deer, Fort McMurray and Jasper. Two more work within the Conseil scolaire catholique et francophone du sud de l'Alberta, in Cochrane et Canmore. Other agreements with the school boards are currently being developed.
  • ACFA's ACCENT project aims to create links between schools that teach French and organizations that offer services in French. By listing and promoting recreational, cultural and educational activities, ACCENT endeavours to offer students enrichment through diversified experiences, while contributing to increased use of the services offered by the organizations.

Cultural and community life

  • Cultural life is encouraged and supported by cultural associations and school-community centres: there are community centres in Edmonton, Bonnyville, Saint-Isidore and Falher, and school-community centres in Calgary, Saint-Paul, Plamondon, Legal andFort McMurray. There are plans for a new community centre to serve the French-speaking community in Lethbridge; construction should begin in 2009.
  • Two buildings, the Cité des Rocheuses in Calgary and the Cité francophone in Edmonton, are the seats of several Francophone organizations;
  • There is a professional theatre company (L'UniThéâtre) and several community groups in Plamondon, Legal, Saint-Paul, Bonnyville and Rivière la Paix. A project is under way to revitalize French theatre in Calgary with the help of a resource person.
  • A number of dancing groups (folk and other styles) including Zephyr, which is a member of the Association la Girandole (Edmonton), as well as Les Blés d'or (Saint-Paul), Les Plein Soleil (Saint-Isidore) and Les Vols-au-Vent (Bonnyville).
  • Cultural activities: Fête franco-albertaine, Festival de théâtre jeunesse, Jeux francophones de l'Alberta, the Chicane albertaine, Gala albertain de la chanson, Edmonton chante, festival Cinémagine, Carnaval de Saint-Isidore, Festival des sucres à Calgary;
  • The Regroupement artistique francophone de l'Alberta (RAFA) had close to 100 members at the end of 2008, including 56 artists and approximately 40 organizations working in arts and culture. The art disciplines covered are dance, drama, literature, music, media arts, visual arts and distribution/production;
  • ACFA supports artistic and cultural development in the Franco-Albertan community and coordinates regional activities;
  • Two Franco-Albertan genealogy societies: the Société généalogique du Nord-Ouest and the Société historique et généalogique de Smoky River.
  • Museums: Musée Héritage in Saint-Albert, Musée de Girouxville, Musée de Plamondon, Musée de Bonnyville, Musée de Saint-Paul;
  • A tourist circuit including the village of Legal and its historic murals;
  • The Provincial Archives of Alberta and the Archives du Campus Saint-Jean preserve the archives of Francophone organizations and individuals.
  • Francophonie jeunesse de l'Alberta (FJA) is a non-profit organization established in 1972. For ten years now, FJA has organized an annual meet for Francophone youth, the Rassemblement Jeunesse (RaJe). The 2008 edition was attended by more than 800 youth. FJA also organizes the youth Parliament, leadership training as well as goAGA, an event which combines FJA's Annual General Meeting with workshops and discussion groups.



Newspapers and magazines

  • Le Franco, published weekly by ACFA, covers Francophone issues and matters of interest to the general population;

  • Le Chinook, a privately-owned monthly in Calgary, serves the southern area of Alberta;

  • Universo is a trilingual (English, French and Spanish) monthly produced since 2003 by a non-profit organization and distributed in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat;

  • L'annuaire des services en français, published by Le Franco, lists Francophone businesses, organizations and professionnals every year since 1982.


  • The Société Radio-Canada (French CBC) operates two stations, one in Edmonton and the other in Calgary. Both broadcast CHFA, which has been owned by Radio-Canada since 1949. The programming is divided in three sections: provincial, Western Canada and national (the latter broadcast from Montreal).

  • Espace Musique was first established in Calgary as La chaîne culturelle during the winter of 2004, with another antenna opening in Edmonton on June 30 of the same year. This service then changed its name to Espace musique in September 2004.

  • Community radio (CKRP) in the Rivière la Paix region;

  • Community radio projects in St-Paul, Plamondon and Bonnyville, currently broadcasting part-time.


  • The Téléjournal Alberta is locally produced by Radio-Canada and broadcast throughout the province, as well as Oniva, a youth program broadcast throughout the four Western provinces as well as the Yukon. During the summer, this program is broadcast nationwide.
  • Satellite service allows access to several French-language channels.

Major organizations

The Association canadienne-française de l'Alberta (ACFA) is the principal representative organization of the Francophone community. It brings together twelve regional associations and two local circles. ACFA is dedicated to defending the rights of Francophones in all sectors of daily life, and is responsible for coordinating the advocacy and community development actions in cooperation with Alberta's Francophone organizations. Among other actions, ACFA promotes the pride and culture of the Francophone community throughout Alberta.

Association canadienne-française de l'Alberta (ACFA)
303-8627 Marie-Anne Gaboury St. (91st St.)
Edmonton, AB T6C 3N1
Phone: (780) 466-1680
Fax: (780) 465-6773

Provincial organizations

Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Alberta
207-A - 8925 82nd Ave.
Edmonton, AB T6C 0Z2
Phone: (780) 450-2443
Fax: (780) 463-4355

Association franco-albertaine de L'UniThéâtre
210-8627 Marie-Anne-Gaboury St.
Edmonton, Alberta T6C 3N1
Phone: (780) 469-8400
Fax: (780) 440-6970

Association la Girandole
10-8925, 82nd Ave.
Edmonton, AB T6C OZ2
Phone: (780) 468-0057
Fax: (780) 468-0579

Association multiculturelle francophone de l'Alberta
8925, 82nd Avenue North West, suite 206
Edmonton, Alberta T6C 0Z2
Phone : (780) 440-0719
Fax : (780) 450-1466
Email :

Campus Saint-Jean / Université de l'Alberta
4-8406, 91st St. NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6C 4G9
Phone: (780) 465-8700
Toll free: 1-800-537-2509
Fax: (780) 465-0876

Centre de développement musical
Phone: (780) 462-0502
Fax: (780) 450-1253

Centre français/University of Calgary
Craigie Hall C 302
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Phone: (403) 220-7226
Fax: (403)289-0828

Coalition des femmes de l'Alberta
42-8627 Marie-Anne-Gaboury St.
Edmonton, Alberta T6C 3N1
Phone: (780) 468-2288
Fax: (780) 468-2210
Website :

Conseil de développement économique de l'Alberta
Phone: (780) 414-6125
Toll free: 1-888-414-6123
Fax: (780) 414-2885

Fédération des aînés franco-albertains
1088-8627 Marie-Anne-Gaboury St.
Edmonton, Alberta T6C 3N1
Phone: (780) 465-8965
Fax: (780) 468-6535

Fédération des conseils scolaires francophones de l'Alberta
Phone: (780) 433-5452
Cell: (780) 298-4881
Fax: (403) 685-9884

Fédération des parents francophones de l'Alberta
203-8627 Marie-Anne-Gaboury St.
Edmonton, Alberta T6C 3N1
Phone: (780) 468-6934
Fax: (780) 469-4799

Fédération du sport francophone de l'Alberta
205-8627 Marie-Anne-Gaboury St.
Edmonton, Alberta T6C 3N1
Phone: (780) 469-1367
Fax: (780) 435-4544

Fête franco-albertaine
Phone: (780) 466-1680
Fax: (780) 465-6773

Fondation franco-albertaine
108-8627 Marie-Anne-Gaboury St.
Edmonton, Alberta T6C 3N1
Phone: (780) 490-7700
Fax: (780) 490-7710

Francophonie jeunesse de l'Alberta
205-8627 Marie-Anne-Gaboury St.
Edmonton, Alberta T6C 3N1
Phone: (780) 469-1344
Fax: (780) 469-0014

Institut Guy-Lacombe de la famille
209-8627 Marie-Anne-Gaboury St.
Edmonton, Alberta T6C 3N1
Phone: (780) 468-6934

Regroupement artistique francophone de l'Alberta
206-8627 Marie-Anne-Gaboury St.
Edmonton, Alberta T6C 3N1
Phone: (780) 462-0502
Fax: (780) 450-1253

Société cInéMAGINE
202-325, 6th St. South
Lethbridge, Alberta
Phone: (403) 320-7638

Société du Gala albertain de la chanson
Phone: (780) 469-4401
Fax: (780) 465-6773

Société francophone des arts visuels de l'Alberta (SAVA)
9103 95th Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta T6C 1Z4
Phone: (780) 461-3427
Fax: (780) 461-4053
Website :