Health care and social services

RésoSanté Colombie-Britannique was established by the Fédération des Francophones de la Colombie-Britannique (FFCB) in 2003 and opened a permanent office during the summer of 2004. This provincial French-language health network brings together health professionals and administrators as well as representatives from institutions that offer health training, the governments and the francophone community, so they can work together to make health services and programs more accessible in French. RésoSanté Colombie-Britannique is one of the 17 member networks in the Société Santé en français, whose president is currently Dr. Brian Conway, a British Columbian who is still active in the provincial network.

Every year, RésoSanté compiles a directory of French-speaking professionals, which is published as an insert in FFCB's Frenchlanguage services directory. It is also available online on the network's website.

Many other French-language health initiatives were implemented with the network's support, including the production and distribution of over 14,000 copies of the Guide-santé Colombie-Britannique, the French-language component of a program developed by the provincial Department of Health; French-language designated services at the Pender Community Health Centre, part of Vancouver Coastal Health; resources and activities to promote health in French on Vancouver Island; resources offered by the Provincial Health Services Authority through its Provincial Language Service, aiming to provide information on health care in French, translation, as well as orientation towards French-language health services (these are coordinated by a French-language programs and services coordinator).

The Collège Éducacentre offers French-language health care training programs in partnership with the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) and its member institutions: These three programs are Resident Care Attendant, Autism and Behavioural Science and Palliative Care.

The Centre communautaire La Boussole works with individuals and families in need in Vancouver and now employs a social worker, a street worker and a social intervention professional, all of them Francophones. They face, however, a work overload and often have to deal with the impossibility to refer their clients to French-language counseling or psychiatric services.

There is a helpline providing aid, a friendly ear and orientation for Francophone women in the province living through difficult situations. La Société Inform'Elles also offers support services.

Education and training

Since the adoption of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982, the Francophone community, with the Fédération des parents Francophones de Colombie-Britannique in the lead, has fought a hard battle to force the Government of British Columbia to comply to Article 23 of the Charter. Their years of perseverance paid off in 1997 when the Supreme Court of British Columbia ordered provincial legislators to amend the School Act to recognize the special rights contained in Article 23. Thus, British Columbia now has a French-language school board which has jurisdiction throughout the entire province. Today, there are over 4,200 Francophone students in the French-language schools.

The development of French-language school has accelerated since the arrival of the Conseil scolaire Francophone. There are more than 40 programs and 28 schools - including 22 homogeneous schools (only French is taught). Over 78 communities are served by French-language education programs. In the past few years, the Conseil scolaire Francophone has been among the few school boards in the province that have seen their number of students increase. There is also a virtual school serving more than 175 students.

Every French-language elementary school also offers full-time kindergarten since 1999. Other than the 30 existing kindergarten classes, there are currently 36 French-language preschool/daycares throughout the province. Many of these services are offered within the schools themselves.


At the postsecondary level, Simon Fraser University has set up an Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs in 2004. This office offers a degree in Public Administration and Community Services as well as programs in education, namely a Masters in Education and a Ph.D. in educational leadership. The University of British Columbia (UBC) and some colleges (Douglas College, University College of the Fraser Valley and the University of Victoria also offer education in French, especially in literature, history and languages.

Éducacentre, the only French-language college in British Columbia, is recognized for minority-language education, distance learning and adult education. Éducacentre has four campuses across the province (Vancouver, Victoria, Prince George and Nanaimo) as well as a virtual campus. The college welcomes 1,500 students every year.

 

Cultural and community life

Francophones are served by a dynamic associative network that provides a meeting place for all forms of expression of the Francophone culture. The Conseil culturel et artistique Francophone de la Colombie-Britannique provides a voice for individuals and organizations working in fields related to arts and culture.

There are Francophone associations in almost every region, with a variety of mandates (provincial, regional, community, various sectors). They organize festivals, theatre events, community soirées, sports or educational activities, etc.

Several communities have access to community centre services: Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Comox, Campbell River, Kamloops, Maillardville, Powell River, Prince George, Nanaimo, Kootenay-Ouest, Surrey and Kitimat.

Various activities in British Columbia include:

Theatre productions by the Théâtre la Seizième, the only Frenchlanguage professional theatre group;

The Festival du bois de Maillardville, held in March, a celebration of French-Canadian traditions;

The Festival d'été francophone de Vancouver, the Coup de Coeur francophone de Vancouver and the Concerts Nouvelle Scène are major celebrations of music;

A traditional dance group, Les Cornouillers, and two choirs, Les Échos du Pacifique and Les Voix de l'Île, recreate the atmosphere of French-Canadian soirées;

In 2009, Juste pour rire will be offered in Vanvouver;

The Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d'érable de Nanaimo holds festivities on the theme of the sugar bush. It is now one of the prominent events on Vancouver Island;

The Festival Francophone de Victoria brings together Francophones and Francophiles from the provincial capital region every March to enjoy numerous musical and film-related activities as well as discussions in French;

The Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois takes place in February and March and showcases a wide variety of French-language films;

The Jeux Francophones in May attract hundreds of young British Columbians who wish to take part in sports, cultural and educational activities in an atmosphere of fun and friendship;

Pacifique en chanson, an annual event which takes place during spring and gives Francophone singer/songwriters and singers an opportunity to show their talents. The winners go on to Chant'Ouest, a contest bringing together the Western provinces and the North;

The Parlement jeunesse Francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, held in February, has become a major forum for the province's Francophone youth to deliberate and develop;

Every fall, CILS-FM holds a radiothon in Victoria, which brings together volunteers, members and listeners from the Capital region.

Communications

Newspapers and magazines


L'Express du Pacifique, published by Société de l'Express du Pacifique, is a bimonthly newspaper created in 1998, just after the closing of Le Soleil de Colombie (which had been publishing since 1968). It is the only all-French newspaper in the province, and now has an online edition.

The Community Digest is a bilingual (French-English) multicultural magazine published every week. It promotes cultural exchanges, bilingualism and social harmony.

La Data from: is a bimonthly bilingual (French-English) newspaper which started publication in June 1999. It is intended as a forum on diversity in the sense that it covers British Columbia's cultural communities. There is an online edition of this newspaper.

Local radio


French-language radio broadcasts by the Société Radio-Canada (SRC) originating in Vancouver and Montreal.

The Société radio communautaire Victoria is the first French-language community radio in British Columbia. It develops and produces French programs in Victoria, in the studios of CILS-FM 107.9. It started broadcasting in the Greater Metropolitan Victoria in November 2007

There is also a French-Language program broadcast by the University of Vancouver's campus radio station.

Local television


The local Société Radio-Canada in Vancouver produces a regional news program. Other programs by the SRC are produced in Montreal.

Other French-language channels are available by cable and satellite, including TV5, RDI, TVA, Artv, Canal D, Canal Évasion, Canal Z, Historia, RDS and Série +.

Major organizations

The Fédération des Francophones de la Colombie-Britannique (FFCB) is the organization that represents the interests of the Francophone community in British Columbia. FFCB is dedicated to the advancement of an inclusive and welcoming Francophone community. Its goals include broadening the French-speaking environment in the province and strenghtening British Columbia's French-speaking civil society. FFCB includes some 40 member associations in the fields of culture, economy, education, justice, communications, social services and community development.

Fédération des Francophones de la Colombie-Britannique (FFCB)
1575 West 7th Avenue
Vancouver BC V6J 1S1
Phone: (604) 732-1420
Fax: (604) 732-3236
E-mail: ffcb@ffcb.ca
Website : www.ffcb.ca
 

Other organizations


Alliance française de Vancouver
6161 Cambie St.
Vancouver BC V5Z 3B2
Phone: (604) 327-0201
Fax: (604) 327-1144
E-mail: info@alliancefrancaise.ca
Website: www.alliancefrancaise.ca

Association provinciale des professeurs d'immersion et du programme Francophone (APPIPC)
24-2495 Davies Ave.
Port Coquitlam BC V3C 0B2
Phone: (604) 936-0491
Fax: (604) 936-6129
E-mail: sbergeron@sd43.bc.ca
Website: www.bctf.ca/PSAs/appipc

Association Francophone de Campbell River
891 13th Avenue
Campbell River BC V9W 4G9
Phone: (250) 287-2951
Fax: (250) 287-2959
E-mail: afcr.info@afcr.bc.ca
Website: www.afcr.bc.ca

Association des Francophones et francophiles du Nord-Ouest
307-450 City Center
P.O. Box 262
Kitimat BC V8C 2G8
Phone: (250) 632-6542
Fax: (250) 632-6532
E-mail: affno@telus.net
Website: www.affno-cb.ca

Association Francophone de la Vallée de Comox
2435 Mansfield Rd.
Courtenay BC V9N 2M2
Phone: (250) 334-8884
Fax: (250) 334-8203
E-mail: afvcbc@telus.net
Website: www.afvc.ca

Association Francophone de Kamloops
348 Fortune Dr.
Kamloops BC V2B 2J1
Phone: (250) 376-6060
Fax: (250) 376-6166
E-mail: kam_franco@shaw.ca
Website: www.francokamloops.org

Association Francophone de Surrey
191-6887 132nd Street
Surrey BC V3W 4L9
Phone: (604) 597-1590
Fax: (604)648-9938
E-mail: communication_afs@yahoo.ca
Website: www.afsurrey.org

Association des Francophones de Kootenays Ouest
P.O. Box 210, 723 Ward St.
Nelson BC V1L 5P9
Phone: (250) 352-3516
Fax: (250) 352-3586
E-mail: afko@telus.net
Website: www.afko.ca

Association des Francophones de Nanaimo
30-1925 Bowen St.
Nanaimo BC V9S 1H1
Phone: (250) 729-2776
Fax: (250) 729-2777
E-mail: afn@Francophonenanaimo.org
Website: www.Francophonenanaimo.org

Association historique Francophone de Victoria
404-2065 Oak Bay Ave.
Victoria BC V8R 1E6
Phone: (250) 598-3862
E-mail: ahfvic@yahoo.ca

Association des juristes d'expression française de la C.-B.
227B-1555 West 7th Avenue
Vancouver BC V6J 1S1
Phone: (604) 629-1217
Fax: (604) 629-1240
E-mail: info@ajefcb.ca
Website: www.ajefcb.ca

La Boussole
612 East Broadway Ave
Vancouver BC V5T 1X6
Phone: (604) 683-7337
Fax: (604) 684-1565
E-mail: laboussole@lbv.ca
Website: www.lbv.ca

Canadian Parents for French (British Columbia and Yukon branch)
623-400 Granville St.
Vancouver BC V3C 1T2
Phone: (778) 329-9115
Fax: (778) 329-9118
E-mail: rothon@cpf.bc.ca
Website: www.cpf.bc.ca

Centre d'intégration pour immigrants africains
640 Clarkson St.
New Westminster BC V3M 1C8
Phone: (604) 759-0240
Fax: (604) 759-9202
E-mail: paul@ciia-ciai.com
Website: www.ciia-ciai.com

Cercle des Canadiens-Français de Prince George
1752 Fir St.
Prince George BC V2L 1E7
Phone: (250) 561-2565
Fax: (250) 561-7319
E-mail: cercle@netbistro.com
Website: www.franconord.bc.ca

Centre culturel français de l'Okanagan
702 Bernard Ave.
Kelowna BC V1Y 6P5
Phone: (250) 860-4074
Fax: (250) 861-4013
E-mail: ccfo@shawcable.com
Website: www.leccfo.org

Centre culturel Francophone de Vancouver
1551 West 7th Avenue
Vancouver BC V6J 1S1
Phone: (604) 736-9806
Fax: (604) 736-4661
E-mail: info@lecentreculturel.com
Website: www.lecentreculturel.com

Chambre de commerce franco-colombienne de Vancouver
1555 West 7th Avenue, suite 227
Vancouver BC V6J 1S1
Phone: (604) 730-0790
Fax: (604) 732-3516
E-mail: info@commerce.ca

Club Bon Accueil de Powell River
5110 Manson Ave
Powell River BC V8A 3P1
Phone: (604) 483-3966
Fax: (604) 483-3966
E-mail: admin@clubbonaccueil.com
Website: www.clubbonaccueil.com

Conseil culturel et artistique Francophone de la Colombie-Britannique
229-1555 West 7th Avenue
Vancouver BC V6J 1S1
Phone: (604) 732-5562
Fax: (604) 732-5962
E-mail: directiongenerale@ccafcb.com
Website: www.ccafcb.com

Conseil jeunesse Francophone de la Colombie-Britannique
1551-B West 7th Avenue
Vancouver BC V6J 1S1
Phone: (604) 736-6970
Fax: (604) 732-3236
E-mail: conseil_jeunesse@telus.net
Website: www.cjfcb.com

Collège Éducacentre
896 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver BC V5Z 1E2
Phone: (604) 708-5100
Fax: (604) 708-5124
E-mail: paulettebouffard@educacentre.com
Website: www.educacentre.com

Fédération des parents Francophones de Colombie-Britannique
223-1555 West 7th Avenue
Vancouver BC V6J 1S1
Phone: (604) 736-5056
Fax: (604) 736-1259
E-mail: info@fpfcb.bc.ca
Website: www.fpfcb.bc.ca

Fondation André Piolat
1575 West 7th Avenue
Vancouver BC V6J 1S1
Phone: (604) 263-5639
E-mail: wherring08@uniserve.com

Fondation canadienne-française d'aide culturelle
207-3051Shelbourne St.
Victoria BC V8R 6T2
Phone: (250) 595-0953

Réseau-Femmes Colombie-Britannique
302-1037 West Broadway St.
Vancouver BC V6H 1E3
Phone: (604) 736-6912
Fax: (604) 736-6975
E-mail: info@reseaufemmes.bc.ca
Website: www3.telus.net/ReseauFemmes

Scouts Francophones de la Colombie-Britannique
Place Maillardville
1200 Cartier St.
Coquitlam BC V3K 2C3
Phone: (604) 684-7268
Fax: (604) 876-6589
E-mail: info@scoutsfranco.com
Website: www.scoutsfranco.com

Société de développement économique de la Colombie-Britannique
220-1555 West 7th Avenue
Vancouver BC V6J 1S1
Phone: (604) 732-3534
Fax: (604) 732-3516
E-mail: info@sdecb.com
Website: www.sdecb.com

Société Francophone de Victoria
200-535 Yates St.
Victoria BC V8W 2Z6
Phone: (250) 388-7350
Fax: (250) 388-6280
E-mail: sfv@francocentre.com
Website: www.francocentre.com

Société d'habitation La Vérendrye
Vancouver BC
E-mail: francoisperron@hotmail.com

Société Francophone de Maillardville
942B Brunette Ave.
Coquitlam BC V3K 1C9
Phone: (604) 515-7070
Fax: (604) 515-8080
E-mail: jdumas@maillardville.com
info@maillardville.com
Website: www.maillardville.com

Société Inform'Elles
302-1037 West Broadway St.
Vancouver BC V8W 2Z6
Phone: (604) 736-6912
Fax: (604) 736-6975
E-mail: directionsi@reseaufemmes.bc.ca
Website: www.informelles.org

Société radio communautaire Victoria (CILS-FM 107.9)
200-535 Yates St.
Victoria BC V8W 2Z6
Phone: (250) 220-4139
Fax: (250) 388-6280
E-mail: radio@francocentre.com
Website: www.cilsfm.ca

Syndicat des enseignantes et enseignants du programme Francophone de la Colombie-Britannique
202-5786 Glover Road
Langley BC V3A 4H9
Phone: (604) 532-1378
Fax: (604)532-1368
E-mail: martine-joseph@csf.bc.ca
Website: www.bctf.ca/sepf

Théâtre la Seizième
226-1555 West 7th Avenue
Vancouver BC V6J 1S1
Phone: (604) 736-2616
Fax: (604) 736-9151
E-mail: directionartistique@seizieme.ca
Website: www.seizieme.ca

Troupe de danse « Les Cornouillers »
200-535 Yates St.
Victoria BC V8W 2Z6
E-mail: lescornouillers@hotmail.com

Vision Ouest Productions
1435 Granville St.
Vancouver BC V6Z 1N1
E-mail: info@rendez-vousvancouver.com
Website: www.rendez-vousvancouver.com