Health care and social services

By law, New Brunswick's Francophones are entitled to receive service in French everywhere in the province. Yet in spite of the passage of the new Official Languages Act, equitable access to health services in French is still not a fact of life in New Brunswick.

Over a number of years, the healthcare sector has gone through many reforms. In 2002, the first reform created eight regional health authorities in the existing healthcare regions. Each authority had to determine healthcare needs in its region, the services required to meet those needs, and the way resources would be used to meet them. The government undertook to establish an integrated, patient-centred community healthcare network for all New Brunswickers. In 2008, the government launched another reform, reducing the number of health authorities to two: Authority A, designated bilingual; and Authority B, Anglophone.

The new situation threatens to deprive Francophones of their right to work in French and receive high-quality services in their language, so a citizens' committee called Égalité en Santé has undertaken to challenge the reform in court. The committee has the support of the SANB.









Education and training

New Brunswick is the only Canadian province to have a bilingual education system. Education in French is available everywhere in the province. Education in French, from kindergarten to twelfth grade, is accessible in all Acadian areas.

  • There are 143 French-language schools, including kindergarten, elementary and high schools.

  • The Semaine de la fierté française is held annually in Frenchlanguage schools in New Brunswick.

  • Université de Moncton and its campuses in Moncton, Shippagan and Edmundston;

The following Francophone organizations operate in the education and training field:

  • Centre international de Common law en français;
  • Centre de recherche et de développement en éducation;
  • Centre de recherche en linguistique appliquée;
  • Centre international de développement de l'inforoute en français (CIDIF);
  • Network of five French-language community colleges (Bathurst, Edmundston, Campbellton, Dieppe and Acadian Peninsula);
  • Various private colleges in all areas
  • The idea of school-community centres was born in New Brunswick. These centres serve as meeting places for the communities around them and offer sociocultural, artistic and community programming. They also provide some business services. There are school-community centres in Fredericton, Saint John and Miramichi.
  • There are 80 community learning centres located in 40 different communities (TeleEducation NB).

Cultural and community life

Acadians enjoy a wide network of local, provincial and regional associations. Thousands of people interested in the development of different facets of Acadian society belong to them.

New Brunswick's communities are very well organized. A number of provincial organizations, supported by about one hundred regional and local organizations, work in every sector throughout the three Francophone areas.

Arts and culture

One of Acadian New Brunswick's best-known features is its activity in the arts world. For several decades, Acadian creativity has been showing the region to the world. Through a host of activities at home and abroad, Acadian artists have gained international renown.

On February 27, 2002, following considerable efforts made by all arts and culture stakeholders over a period of some fifteen years, the Province of New Brunswick established a policy on culture. In 2008, it went further, establishing a book policy. However, the arts and culture sector is still significantly under-funded; New Brunswick's per capita expenditures on culture are the lowest in the country.

  • Aquarium du Centre marin (Shippagan)
  • Le Pays de la Sagouine (Bouctouche)
  • Village historique acadien (Caraquet)
  • Monument Lefebvre National Historic Site (Memramcook)
  • Musée Madawaska (Edmundston)
  • Jardins publics du Nouveau-Brunswick (Edmundston)
  • Centre culturel Aberdeen (Moncton)
  • Galerie d'art de l'Université de Moncton (Moncton)
  • Galerie Restigouche (Campbellton)
  • Fort Beauséjour (Aulac)
  • Centre culturel de Caraquet
  • The movie-making industry in the province is growing. Filmmakers have access to incentives (development and production assistance programs, tax credits, and an industry support program) offered by the Province through Film NB.
  • Recording artists have access to provincial incentives through Initiative sonore NB (development and infrastructure program, sound recordings and demos, product marketing, artistic development).
  • Although the first Acadian publishing company, Les Éditions d'Acadie, has closed its doors, many professional writers can still get their work published by a number of other companies, including Les Éditions Perce-neige, Les Éditions Marévi, Les Éditions Boutons d'or d'Acadie, Les Éditions de la Grande Marée and the more recently established Éditions de la francophonie.
  • There are several Francophone bookstores, including the Librairie acadienne (Moncton), Le Bouquin (Tracadie), the Librairie Pélagie (Shippagan), and the Librairie Matulu (Edmundston).
  • There is a provincial network of public libraries.
  • More than 300 artists work in all disciplines (sculpture, painting, photography, ceramics, multimedia and graphic arts, etc.).
  • There are three professional theatre companies: the Théâtre populaire d'Acadie, the Théâtre l'Escaouette and the Collectif Moncton-Sable.
  • There are several dance companies, including DansEncorps.
  • Acadian New Brunswick has a large network of important heritage sites and institutions. A dozen specialized Frenchlanguage institutions portray the past, present and future of Acadia. They include the following:
  • The Conseil provincial des sociétés culturelles coordinates a network of 13 cultural groups and their performances.
  • Réseau atlantique de diffusion des arts de la scène (RADARTS) broadcasts shows and performances.
  • There is local cultural programming in all areas of Acadia.
  • The three school-community centres provide cultural programming.
  • There are about thirty festivals, the major ones being the Festival acadien de Caraquet, the Foire Brayonne (Edmundston), the Festival du Homard (Shediac), the FrancoFête (Moncton), and the Fête du 15 août (in most Acadian communities).
  • There are a number of specialized cultural festivals: the Festival international de musique baroque (Lamèque), the Moisson d'Art (Tracadie), the Festival des arts visuels en Atlantique (Caraquet), the Festival des vins du monde (Moncton), the Festival des vins français (Caraquet), the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (Moncton), the Nuit internationale du conte en Acadie (Petit-Rocher), and the Frye Festival, an international literary event honouring Northrop Frye (Moncton).
  • Annual galas include the Gala de la chanson de Caraquet, the Gala des Prix Éloizes and the Gala de l'entrepreneur de l'année.


Newspapers and magazines

Newspapers were one of the first means of mass communication for Acadians. From Valentin Landry's Moniteur acadien, founded in 1867, through L'Évangéline and Le Matin, to L'Acadie nouvelle, founded in 1988, newspapers have constantly reflected the development and empowerment of New Brunswick Acadians.

There are seven French-language weeklies in the province:

  • Le Madawaska (Edmundston)
  • Le Saint-Jeannois (Saint John)
  • L'Étoile (southeast)
  • L'Aviron (Campbellton)
  • Le Moniteur acadien (Shediac)
  • Le Front (student newspaper, Moncton)
  • L'Hebdo Chaleur (Bathurst)


  • Égalité, political analysis review
  • Revue de l'Université de Moncton
  • Info-Affaires, monthly


  • The public radio station CBAF (FM), Radio-Canada's Première Chaîne affiliate, broadcasts throughout the province; some areas have access to Espace Musique on CBAL.

  • There are three private stations serving the north, northwest and southeast of New Brunswick: CKLE, CJEM/CKMV and CHOY-FM (Choix 99).

  • Over the years, a network of Acadian community radio stations has been developed within the framework of the Association des radios communautaires acadiennes du Nouveau-Brunswick (ARCANB). The association has nine members that are now broadcasting or in development: CKRO, Radio Péninsule; CFAI, Radio Coopérative des Montagnes; CFJU, Radio des Hauts Plateaux; CJSE, CFBO, Radio Beauséjour; CIMS, Radio Restigouche: CKUM, radio J (Université de Moncton); CHQC, Coopérative radiophonique La Brise de la Baie; CJPN, Radio Fredericton; and CKMA, Radio MirAcadie, Miramichi.


  • Radio-Canada, Télévision Acadie, is available everywhere in New Brunswick. Daily news programs as well as other programs dealing with provincial and regional issues are produced by and broadcast from the Radio-Canada station in Moncton.

  • The Réseau de l'information (RDI), TFO, TV5, and several Quebec stations are available by cable. Since 1999, TVA has produced some programs locally. Rogers Television provides community programming.

New information and communications technologies

  • New Brunswick has an impressive network of Centres d'accès communautaire à Internet, or community Internet access centres, known as NB Branché.
  • There are information technology training centres, such as the Centre de l'excellence en informatique du collège communautaire de Bathurst, and Webmaster and multimedia production programs at the Collège communautaire de Dieppe.
  • The Centre international pour le développement de l'inforoute en français (CIDIF) is located in Edmundston.
  • Many Web sites have been developed and there are many businesses dealing with new technologies.
  • New Brunswick Acadians have been "connected" for several years. Most organizations, municipalities and other groups concerned with the development of the Acadian community use the Internet in their communications.
  • is a community information and entertainment portal. Its objective is to provide a single comprehensive site with as many Acadian (Atlantic Francophone) resources as possible to inform and entertain people and promote Acadians and Acadia over the Internet.

Major organizations

Founded in 1973, the Société des Acadiens et Acadiennes du Nouveau-Brunswick (SAANB) was, up to 2008, the principal representative for the province's Acadians and Francophones. On the 400th anniversary of the founding of Acadia, and particularly in the context of a Convention de la société acadienne du Nouveau-Brunswick, a deliberative assembly open to all sectors of Acadian civil society, the SAANB launched a process of reflection on its activities after 30 years and on prospects for the Acadian community.

At the 2008 SAANB Annual General Meeting, its members passed a resolution creating a new structure of political representation, the Société de l'Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick (SANB). They did so because they wanted to foster a better balance between the associative community and individual Acadians. Based on a reorganization of the Forum de concertation des organismes acadiens du Nouveau-Brunswick and the SAANB, the SANB performs the same functions of the former representative bodies, but it does so more coherently and effectively and provides for more participation by individuals.

With its 20,000 members, the SANB is a member of the Société nationale de l'Acadie (SNA) and the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada (FCFA). The association's objectives include the recognition of a distinct Acadian society, the creation of homogeneous French and bilingual institutions, the affirmation of French in the face of increasing assimilation, and the safeguarding of rights in a context of government restructuring.

In a spirit of continuity and openness, the SANB is maintaining the language file as a priority area, especially in the fields of health care and bilingualism in postsecondary education, among other sectors. The right to work in either official language in the public service, the development of French in public affairs, and regional development remain key concerns for the new organization. It is also focusing on revitalizing citizen participation in debates on major social issues. Its openness will find concrete expression in efforts to integrate new immigrants and its commitment to giving young people and women a more active role within the organization.

Société de l'Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick (SANB)
702 Principale St., Suite 204
Petit-Rocher, NB E8J 1V1
Phone: (506) 783-4205
Toll-free: (888) 722-2343
Fax: (506) 783-0629

Forum de concertation des organismes acadiens et francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick

The Forum de concertation des organismes acadiens et francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick has existed for nearly 20 years and has been involved in the process of developing and implementing Canada-community agreements since 1995.

In order to define Acadian community development priorities, this consultative structure received the mandate to define provincial priorities concerning development within the Acadian community. Acadian

The Forum is responsible for implementing the Plan de développement global de l'Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick, a provincial plan reflecting priorities established by the thirty or so organizations that make up the Forum de concertation. The strategic priority areas include economic, artistic, cultural, and social and community development, education, comprehensive health, and greater access to communication media.

The provincial associations and institutions listed below belong to the Forum de concertation des organismes acadiens du Nouveau-Brunswick:

Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick
17-140 Botsford St.
Moncton, NB E1C 4X4
Phone: (506) 852-3313
Fax: (506) 852-3401

Association acadienne et francophone des aînées et aînés du Nouveau-Brunswick
810 Centrale St.
Dieppe, NB E1A 6V5
Phone: (506) 386-0090
Fax: (506) 384-7009

Association des enseignants et des enseignantes francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick
P.O. Box 712
Fredericton, NB E3B 5B4
Phone: (506) 452-1731
Fax: (506) 453-9795

Association des juristes d'expression française du Nouveau-Brunswick
Pavillon A.-J. Cormier
Université de Moncton, NB E1A 3E9
Phone: (506) 853-4151
Fax: (506) 853-4152

Association des radios communautaires acadiennes du Nouveau-Brunswick
P.O. Box 1232
Moncton, NB E1C 8P9
Phone: (506) 384-3338
Fax: (506) 854-5151

Association des travailleurs en loisirs du Nouveau-Brunswick
421 Acadie Ave.
Dieppe, NB E1A 1H4
Phone: (506) 877-7954
Fax: (506) 859-7191

Association francophone des municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick
322-702 Principale St.
Petit-Rocher, NB E8J 1V1
Phone: (506) 542-2622
Fax: (506) 542-2618

Association francophone des parents du Nouveau-Brunswick
421 Acadie Ave.
Dieppe, NB E1A 1H4
Phone: (506) 859-8107
Fax: (506) 859-7191
Website: www.bdaa/parents

Association des universités du troisième âge du Nouveau-Brunswick
303 Normandie St.
Dieppe, NB E1A 7S2
Phone: (506) 382-2835

Comité du Gala de la chanson de Caraquet / Festival acadien inc.
220 St-Pierre Blvd West, Suite 312
Caraquet, NB E1W 1A5
Phone: (506) 727-2787
Fax: (506) 727-1995

Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick
236 St. George St., Suite 314
Moncton, NB E1C 1W1
Phone: (506) 857-3143
Fax: (506) 857-9906

Conseil provincial des sociétés culturelles
27 John St.
Moncton, NB E1C 2G7
Phone: (506) 858-8000
Fax: (506) 855-0738

Conseil pour l'aménagement du français au Nouveau-Brunswick inc.
Faculté de droit, 3rd Floor
Université de Moncton
Moncton, NB E1A 3E9
Phone: (506) 858-4057
Fax: (506) 858-4568

Coopérative de Théâtre l'Escaouette
140 Botsford St.
Moncton, NB E1C 4X4
Phone: (506) 855-0001
Fax: (506) 855-0010

Fédération d'alphabétisation du Nouveau-Brunswick
219 Main St., Suite 8
Bathurst, NB E2A 1A9
Phone: (506) 548 5551
Fax: (506) 548-5564

Fédération des femmes acadiennes et francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick
360 Parkside Dr., Suite 204
Bathurst, NB E2A 1N4
Phone: (506) 546-3033
Fax: (506) 546-6688

Fédération des conseils d'éducation du Nouveau-Brunswick
1330 Bridge St.
Bathurst, NB E2A 5V4
Phone: (506) 548-9496

Fédération des étudiantes et étudiants du centre universitaire de Moncton
Centre étudiant, Université de Moncton
Moncton, NB E1A 3E9
Phone: (506) 858-4484
Fax: (506) 858-4503

Fédération des guides du Nouveau-Brunswick
559 Route 530
Grande-Digue, NB E4R 5E2
Phone: (506) 533-3888
Fax: (506) 533-3889

Fédération des Scouts de l'Atlantique
21 Bellefleur St.
Saint-Basile, NB E7C 2G9
Phone: 506-263-5713

Fédération des jeunes francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick
51 Highfield St., Suite 100
Moncton, New Brunswick E1C 5N2
Phone: (506) 857-0926
Fax: (506) 388-1368

Institut féminin francophone du Nouveau-Brunswick

Mouvement acadien des communautés en santé du Nouveau-Brunswick
215-220 St-Pierre Blvd West
Caraquet, NB E1W 1A5
Phone: (506) 727-5667
Fax: (506) 727-0899

Mouvement coopératif acadien
295 St-Pierre Blvd West
P.O. Box 5554
Caraquet, NB E1W 1B7
Phone: (506) 726-4000
Fax: (506) 726-4001

Regroupement féministe du Nouveau-Brunswick
Phone: (506) 381-2255

Société acadienne d'analyse politique ltée
P.O. Box 27050
Dieppe, NB E1A 6V3
Phone: (506) 858-4560
Fax: (506) 858-4534

Société de l'Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick
702 Principale St., Suite 204
Petit-Rocher, NB E8J 1V1
Telephone: (506) 783-4205
Fax: (506) 783-2859

Société des enseignantes et enseignants retraités francophones
1717 Riverbank Dr.
Bathurst, NB E2A 4L1
Telephone: (506) 546-6584
Fax: (506) 546-4332

Société des Jeux de l'Acadie
702 Principale St., Suite 210
Petit-Rocher, NB E8J 1V1
Phone: (506) 783-4207
Fax: (506) 783-4209

Société Santé et Mieux-être en français du Nouveau-Brunswick
860 Main St., Suite 401A
P.O. Box 1764
Moncton, NB E1C 9X6
Phone: (506-389-3354
Fax: (506) 389-3366

Théâtre populaire d'Acadie
220 St-Pierre Blvd West, Suite 302
Caraquet, NB E1W 1A5
Phone: (506) 727-0920
Fax: (506) 727-0923

Université de Moncton
Pavillon Léopold-Taillon
Moncton, NB E1A 3E9
Phone: (506) 858-4111
Fax: (506) 858-4538

School-community centres
Association régionale de la communauté francophone de Saint-Jean
125 Prince William
Saint John, NB E2L 2B4
Phone: (506) 658-5581
Fax: (506) 658-3984

Forum de concertation des organismes acadiens
Phone: (506) 523-9867