Health and Social Services

Established in 1871 by the Grey Nuns, the St. Boniface General Hospital was the first in the Canadian West to offer health care services to the citizens of the brand-new province of Manitoba. A leader in health care and one of Manitoba's largest health care facilities, St. Boniface maintains a campus comprised of more than 180 departments and services, located in seven separate buildings. The hospital also operates several satellite facilities located at off campus sites, and maintains close relationships with other health facilities and well as the health facilities and agencies of the Grey Nun network. In total, over 4,000 healthcare professionals and support personnel have chosen to work at St. Boniface.

Established in 1999, the Centre de santé Saint-Boniface is a Francophone primary health centre offering bilingual services to the French-speaking population of the City of Winnipeg and all residents of Saint-Boniface. The programs and services at Centre de santé are offered by a multi-disciplinary team. The Centre de santé Saint-Boniface is a junction of bilingual primary health services.

The École technique et professionnelle (ETP) at the Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface offers a degree in nursing which aims to help future professional nurses acquire skills in critical judgment, interpersonal relations, the drive to perfect themselves and the ability to work efficiently in various health care contexts. The ETP also offers a certificate aimed at training health care workers.

L'Entre-temps des Franco-Manitobaines, a halfway house for women victim of domestic violence, operates in Winnipeg since 1992.

Established in 2001 by the Société franco-manitobaine, the Conseil Communauté en santé (CCS) plays a key leadership role in ensuring an effective delivery of quality French-language health and social services. In 2004, the CCS became the official representative of the Franco-Manitoban community for health care and social services.

Established in 1993, Santé en français is a resource center which facilitates the planning and delivery of French language services required by designated Regional Health Authorities, health facilities, health programs and social services agencies across the province.

There are seven designated Regional Health Authorities in Manitoba:

  • Association de santé Nord-Est
  • Office régional de la santé du Centre du Manitoba
  • Office régional de la santé d'Assiniboine
  • Office régional de la santé d'Entre-les-Lacs
  • Office régional de la santé des Parcs
  • Office régional de la santé de Winnipeg
  • South Eastman Health/Santé Sud-Est

There are 22 designated social service agencies in Manitoba.

Education and Training

The Fédération provinciale des comités de parents du Manitoba (FPCP) is a non-profit organization established by and for parents in 1976. It represents and advocates for the interests of Francophone parents and parent committees. The Centre de ressources éducatives à l'enfance (CRÉE) and its Mini-centres are managed by the FPCP. The CRÉE is a documentation centre providing resources and programs for families as well as French-language school and preschool groups in Manitoba. The FPCP is also active in child care, where it represents, supports and advises key players in this sector and offers training programs.

The Division scolaire franco-manitobaine no 49 (DSFM) was established in 1994. As of 2008, it oversees 23 schools attended by 4,400 students, from kindergarten to grade 12, in 15 rural Francophone communities and four urban sectors.

The Commission scolaire franco-manitobaine (CSFM) is made up of 11 commissioners representing the four regions in the Division scolaire franco-manitobaine (DSFM). Those commissioners are legally responsible for the global management of the Division scolaire franco-manitobaine (DSFM).

The role of the Direction des ressources éducatives françaises (DREF) is to develop and provide learning materials to teachers from kindergarten to grade 12 in French-language and immersion schools, English-language schools where the basic French program is taught, employees of the Department of Education, Citizenship and Youth as well as the public at large.

There are French-language preschool services in 10 rural Francophone communities, and five in the urban Winnipeg region.

The Coalition francophone de la petite enfance du Manitoba brings together the Fédération provinciale des comités de parents (FPCP), the Division scolaire franco-manitobaine (DSFM), the Société franco-manitobaine and Enfants en santé Manitoba. A steering committee coordinates the activities of the Coalition and its partners in the following fields of intervention: literacy/numeracy, parental skills/nutrition, exogamy, training, linguistic and cultural vitality, multi-disciplinary services/early detection and reseach/studies. One of the Coalition's projects pertains to the Centres de la petite enfance et de la famille (Child care and family centres).

There are now eight Centres de la petite enfance et de la famille (CPEF) in Manitoba : two in Winnipeg and six in rural Francophone communities. The CPEF is a centre which develops and offers a complete and consistent series of programs and services aimed at the needs of Francophone children aged 0 to 6 years in every aspect of their development.

The Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface (CUSB), an affiliate of the University of Manitoba, is the oldest postsecondary education establishment in the Canadian West, having celebrated 190 years in 2008. The Collège is a postsecondary institution offering both general and specialized university programs, as well as professional and technical formation. Its goal is to provide quality French-language education for its students, thus contributing to the linguistic, cultural, economic and social development of the Francophone and Francophile communities in Manitoba and Canada.

Pluri-elles, a non-profit organization, offerts resources for personal and professional growth. The programs and services cover a variety of sectors, including education, training, economy, culture, health and social services.

Cultural and Community Life

Located at the heart of Winnipeg's French Quarter, the Centre culturel franco-manitobain (CCFM) was established in 1974 as a Crown Corporation. It plays a key role as a showcase for the talent of Francophone artists and acts as a meeting place for French-language cultural life in Manitoba.

L'Association culturelle franco-manitobaine (ACFM) represents cultural committees in 19 French-speaking communities. Its mission is to represent and develop French-language cultural committees in Manitoba. These committees offer a wide variety of activities and events which complement each other and meet the needs of each community.

Established in 1925, Le Cercle Molière is the oldest theatre group still in existence in Canada. Other theatre groups include Chiens de soleil at the Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface, the Ligue d'improvisation du Manitoba (LIM), the Théâtre Montcalm de Saint-Jean-Baptiste, the Théâtre de la FAFM, the Théâtre des crudités, the Théâtre dans le cimetière and the "Bières et Saynètes" (beer and playlets) evenings.

There are two publishing houses: Éditions du Blé (1974) and Éditions des Plaines (1979).

Alliance chorale Manitoba, established in 1971, is a non-profit provincial federation which promotes French-language choir music and thus contributes to the development of Frenchlanguage culture in Manitoba.

Les Productions Rivard (1995) is the most important film production company in Western Canada.

The Saint-Boniface museum, established in 1959, gathers and preserves a significant collection of artefacts pertaining to the French and Metis heritage in the Canadian West. Other museums attract visitors in rural communities like Saint-Claude, Saint-Joseph, Saint-Pierre-Jolys, Notre-Dames-de-Lourdes, Sainte-Anne and Sainte-Geneviève.

The Gabrielle-Roy House, where the famous Franco-Manitoban author was born, was completely restored and welcomes visitors since 2003.

The Maison des artistes visuels francophones du Manitoba is a group of Francophone artists working with the Franco-Manitoban community and the French-speaking community at large.

The Festival du Voyageur Inc. is a major meeting place for the community and is recognized internationally for providing authentic and unique historical and cultural experiences that reflect the spirit and culture of the voyageurs as well as the joie de vivre of Manitoba's Francophones.

Since its creation 35 years ago, 100 Nons has worked to develop the French-language music industry in Manitoba.

Annual Events

Details on these events can be found at

Activities in Winnipeg

The Chicane électrique organized by 100 Nons is a contest open to all Francophone music groups in Manitoba.

The Foyer des écrivains takes place during the Winnipeg International Writers Festival.

The Fédération des aînés franco-manitobains, representing Manitoba's Francophone seniors, presents the Théâtre de la FAFM every year.

Since 1991, Cinémental, le Festival de films francophones du Manitoba presents Manitoban, Québécois, French and international movies for a week in November every year.

The Festival du Voyageur, the most important winter festival in Western Canada, was established in 1969.

The Festival de l'humour Radio-Canada showcases local comics every year.

The Gala manitobain de la chanson, organized by 100 Nons, provides professional training for participants while giving them the opportunity to perform on stage.

The Festival des vidéastes offers 8th to 12th - grade youths in French-language or immersion school the opportunity to make their own short video in French.

Youths from French-language high schools and immersion schools present plays during the annual Festival théâtre-jeunesse organized by the Cercle Molière.

Activities and events in rural communities

Fête d'été – Saint-Malo / September
Théâtre Montcalm – Saint-Jean-Baptiste / March
Festival Manipogo – Saint-Laurent / March
Cabane à sucre – Saint-Pierre-Jolys / April
Fête de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste – La Broquerie / June
Festival Rivière-aux-rats – Otterburne / July
Les Journées Cheyenne – Sainte-Agathe / July
Festival du Patrimoine Montcalm – Saint-Joseph / July
Festival Chateauguay – Saint-Georges / July
La Journée des Pionniers – Saint-Lazare / July
Follies Grenouilles – Saint-Pierre-Jolys / August



Newspapers and Magazines

La Liberté is the sole French-language weekly in the province. It was established in 1913 by the Oblate religious community. Since 1970, it has been operated by Presse-Ouest Ltd, owned by the Société franco-manitobaine.

Several local publications are produced: La Gazette (Saint-Claude), Le Montagnard (Saint-Léon), Le Papier de Chez-nous (La Broquerie), Kes Kis Passe (Sainte-Anne), Le Bulletin (Saint-Pierre-Jolys), La Poche aux lièvres (Sainte-Geneviève), Le Réveil (Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface), De Chez-nous à Chez-vous (Sainte-Rose-du-Lac).


CKSB, the provincial Radio-Canada station, started broadcasting in 1946. CKSB offers its listeners several regional and national information and variety programs. Furthermore, Espace musique (89.9 FM in Winnipeg) offers a national programming aimed at musical diversity, the arts and Franco-Manitoban talent.

Envol 91 FM, la Radio communautaire du Manitoba Inc., is the result of the combined efforts of people of all walks of life to create a French-language radio offering music and entertainment. Upon its creation in 1991, Envol 91 FM was the first French-language community radio in Western Canada and the territories.


The télévision de Radio-Canada au Manitoba (CBWFT) offers programming which reflects the cultural and social realities of the population it serves in Manitoba. The Téléjournal Manitoba is the chief regional news program.

The Réseau de l'information (RDI) broadcasts 24-hour news programming and covers international, national and regional stories, with the contribution of a team of journalists based in Western Canada.

Cable: Subscribing to the basic cable package gives access to four French-language channels: SRC, RDI (Réseau de l'information), TV5 (international Francophonie) and TVA (Quebec television network). Additional fees give access to a wider variety of French-language channels.

Provincial organizations

The Société franco-manitobaine (SFM) is the official representative of the Francophone community. The SFM advocates for the full implementation of the rights guaranteed to Francophones and the adoption of new legislation and government policies for the development of French-language services in Manitoba. The SFM facilitates communication and cooperation between Francophone groups in Manitoba, manages the Collaboration Accord between the Francophone community and the Department of Canadian Heritage and is active in all aspects of the community.

The Agrandir l'espace francophone (Expanding our Francophone Environment) strategy, put forward by the SFM in 2001, has since been adopted by all Francophone groups in the province, which are now using innovative ways to implement it. This innovative approach rests on five strategic orientations:

1. Full continuity of French;
2. Developing interest in the French language in exogamous families;
3. Newcomers: French as a cultural choice;
4. Building bridges with bilingual people;
5. Building bridges with Anglophones.

Furthermore, discussions held during a SFM activity entitled Changement 2008 (Change 2008) led to the representatives of Franco-Manitoban provincial organizations agreeing on the need to develop a model for community cooperation between organizations.

During the 2007 Annual General Meeting, the community mandated the SFM to explore the possibility of a Bill on French-language services in Manitoba. In 2008, the SFM, in partnership with the Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface, held a forum on language rights in Manitoba.

Provincial organizations

100 Nons (Le)
124-340 Provencher Blvd.
Saint-Boniface, MB R2H 0G7
Phone: (204) 231-7036
Fax: (204) 233-3324

Centre d'information 233-ALLÔ
215-383 Provencher Blvd.
Saint-Boniface, MB R2H 0G9
Phone: (204) 233-2556
Toll free: 1 800 665-4443
Fax: (204) 233-1017

Accueil francophone
104-420 Des Meurons St.
Saint-Boniface, MB R2H 2N9
Phone: (204) 975-4250
Fax: (204) 231-0544

Agence nationale et internationale du Manitoba (ANIM)
219 Provencher Blvd., 3rd floor
Saint-Boniface, MB R2H 0G4
Phone: (204) 253-4888
Toll free: 1-877-484-9931
Fax: (204) 254-4162

Association Culturelle Franco-Manitobaine (ACFM)
244-614 Des Meurons St.
Saint-Boniface, MB R2H 2P9
Phone: (204) 231-8581
Toll free: 1 866 816-9457
Fax: (204) 925-8380

Association des juristes d'expression française du Manitoba (AJEFM)
2303-200 Cathedrale Ave.
Saint-Boniface, MB R2H OH7
Phone: (204) 235-4405
Fax: (204) 233-0245

Association des municipalités bilingues du Manitoba Inc. (AMBM)
212-383 Provencher Blvd.,
Saint-Boniface, MB R2H 0G9
Phone: (204) 233-4915
Toll free: 1 800 665-4443
Fax: (204) 233-1017

Cercle Molière
238-340 Provencher Blvd.
Saint-Boniface, MB R2H 0G7
Phone: (204) 233-8053
Fax: (204) 233-2373

340 Provencher Blvd.
Saint-Boniface, MB R2H OG7
Phone - CCFM: (204) 233-8972
Phone: (204) 231-0172

Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface (CUSB)
200 Cathedrale Ave.
Saint-Boniface, MB R2H 0H7
Phone: (204) 233-0210
Fax - General: (204) 237-3240

Conseil communauté en santé du Manitoba (CCS)
400-400 Taché Ave.
Saint-Boniface, MB R2H 3C3
Phone - Reception: (204) 235-3293
Fax: (204) 237-0984

Conseil de développement économique des municipalités bilingues du Manitoba (CDEM)
200-614 Des Meurons St.
Saint-Boniface, MB R2H 2P9
Phone: (204) 925-2320
Toll free: 1 800 990-2332
Fax: (204) 237-4618

Conseil jeunesse provincial (CJP)
300A-383 Provencher Blvd.
Saint-Boniface, MB R2H 0G9
Phone: (204) 237-8947
Fax: (204) 237-5076

Directorat de l'activité sportive du Manitoba (DAS)
Street Address: 300A-383 Provencher Blvd.
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 143
208 Provencher Blvd.
Saint-Boniface, MB R2H 3B4
Phone: (204) 231-7012 poste 304
Toll free: 1 888 278-8826
Fax: (204) 237-5076

Division scolaire franco-manitobaine (DSFM)
1263 Dawson Rd.
P.O. Box 204
Lorette, MB R0A 0Y0
Phone: (204) 878-9399
Toll free: 1 800 699-3736
Fax: (204) 878-9407

Entre-temps des Franco-Manitobaines Inc.
P.O. Box 183
Winnipeg, MB R2H 3B4
Phone: (204) 925-2550
Toll free: 1 800 668-3836
Fax: (204) 925-2551

Fédération des aînés franco-manitobains Inc. (FAFM)
212-383, Provencher Blvd.
Saint-Boniface, MB R2H 0G9
Phone: (204) 235-0670
Toll free: 1 800 665-4443
Fax: (204) 233-1017

Fédération provinciale des comités de parents du Manitoba (FPCP)
1075 Autumnwood Dr.
Saint-Boniface, MB R2J 1C6
Phone: (204) 237-9666
Toll free: 1 888 666-8108
Fax: (204) 231-1436

Festival des Vidéastes du Manitoba
39 Hemlock Pl.
Saint-Boniface, MB R2H 1L8
Phone: (204) 237-7307
Fax: (204) 237-7307

Festival du Voyageur
233 Provencher Blvd.
Saint-Boniface, MB R2H 0G4
Phone: (204) 237-7692
Fax: (204) 233-7576

Francofonds Inc.
202-605 Des Meurons St.
Saint-Boniface, MB R2H 2R1
Phone: (204) 237-5852
Toll free: 1 866 237-5852
Fax: (204) 233-6405

Maison des artistes visuels francophones Inc.
219 Provencher Blvd.
Saint-Boniface, MB R2H 0G4
Phone: (204) 237-5964
Fax: (204) 233-5074
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Pluri-elles (Manitoba) Inc.
570 Des Meurons St.
Saint-Boniface, MB R2H 2P8
Phone: (204) 233-1735
Toll free: 1 800 207-5874
Fax: (204) 233-0277

Réseau action femmes Manitoba Inc.
117-383 Provencher Blvd.
Saint-Boniface, MB R2H 0G9
Phone: (204) 231-7063
Fax: (204) 231-7064

Réseau communautaire
55 Rodgers St.
P. O. Box 193
Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, MB R0G 1M0
Phone: (204) 248-7270
Toll free: 1 888 322-2553
Fax: (204) 248-7284

Scouts franco-manitobains
(ASC - District Rivière-Rouge, Inc.)
201-156 Marion St.
Saint-Boniface, MB R2H 0T4
Phone: (204) 233-4324
Fax: (204) 237-9991

Société franco-manitobaine (SFM)
212-383 Provencher Blvd.
Saint-Boniface, MB R2H 0G9
Phone: (204) 233-4915
Toll free: 1 800 665-4443
Fax: (204) 233-1017

Société historique de Saint-Boniface (SHSB)
Centre du Patrimoine, Le
340 Provencher Blvd.
Saint-Boniface, MB R2H OG7
Phone: (204) 233-4888
Fax: (204) 231-2562

Union nationale métisse Saint-Joseph du Manitoba
4 Buttonwood Bay
Winnipeg, MB R2J 2E8
Phone: (204) 255-8422
Fax: (204) 257-1406