Health care and social services

Nova Scotia has taken great strides on the issue of availability of French-language health services. The Coordinator for French Language Health Services works since 2003 as liaison between the Department of Health and the Acadian and francophone community. Her role includes ensuring that planning includes French-language services, providing advice on the implementation of new initiatives to improve French-language services and providing support for the study and translation of documents. The Acadian and francophone community has benefited from several improvements in health care:

Primary health care

  • A directory of French-speaking primary health care providers is now available on the Department of Health's primary health care website.

Continuing care

  • Bilingual home care services;

  • Six nursing homes and two long-term care facilities in the province;

  • French classes offered to continuing-care providers to better meet the needs of Acadian and French-speaking clients.

Policy on nursing

  • Grants are made available to French-speaking students in the last year of a nursing program to encourage them to look for employment in Nova Scotia after obtaining their degree.

Emergency care services

  • There are some 70 bilingual paramedics who can offer emergency care in French in Nova Scotia.

Education and training

  • The Acadian and francophone community governs its own schools through the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP), with a common curriculum in place;
  • A provincial teaching resource centre;
  • Université Sainte-Anne has a university campus in Pointe-de-l'Église in the Southwest, as well as four satellite training centres: Tusket (Argyle region in the Southwest) Dartmouth (metropolitan region); Petit-de-Grat (Richmond region in the South of Cape Breton Island) and Saint-Joseph-du-Moine (Cheticamp region in the North of Cape Breton Island).
  • 19 French-language Acadian schools;
  • 14 Acadian preschool centres and a provincial preschool resource centre;
  • A French section within the Nova Scotia Department of Education;
  • School Act in compliance with the Charter since January 1996;
  • Annual French pride week in Nova Scotia's Acadian schools;
  • Équipe de l'alphabétisation de la Nouvelle-Écosse, a literacy working group offering French reading and writing programs for Acadian adults;
  • Acadian Education Partners Committee;
  • Réseau des Sites P@C - the goal of a P@C website is to provide citizens with affordable access to the Internet, as well as tech services and training. The Réseau acadien des sites P@C de la Nouvelle-Écosse is governed by the Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse (FANE) and works to support P@C websites that are designated French or bilingual across the province, and ensures their viability.

Cultural and community life

  • Two community centres: La Picasse in Petit-de-Grat and Les Trois Pignons (managed by the Société Saint-Pierre) in Cheticamp;

  • Three school-community centres: the Centre scolaire communautaire Étoile de l'Acadie in the Sydney region, the Centre scolaire communautaire du Grand Havre in the Halifax/Dartmouth region and the Centre scolaire communautaire de Greenwood;

  • Some Nova Scotian performers are now renowned outside the province and even outside Canada. Among them are musical groups Blou and Grand Dérangement as well as visual artists Denise Comeau and François Gaudet;

  • The Fédération culturelle acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse encourages the development of young and lesser known artists.

In addition to the increasingly elaborate programming offered by the community centres, there are a number of annual events that stand out:

  • Acadian celebrations and festivals traditionally held either during summer around August 15th (including the Festival acadien de Clare, one of the oldest Acadian festivals in the Maritimes) or during the mi-carême;

  • The annual regional finals of the Jeux de l'Acadie for Nova Scotia bring together over 500 young Acadians and Francophones of the province. In July 2008, Nova Scotia held the finals of the Jeux de l'Acadie for the first time in its history; over 1,100 athletes and 400 accompanying personnel came from everywhere in Acadia to attend the 29th Grand finals in the Halifax/Dartmouth metropolitan region.

  • The annual musical presentation Le Grand Cercle recalls the history of the Cheticamp region Acadians.

Since the spring of 1998, the Acadian community is the official manager of the Grand Pré National Historic Site, in accordance with an agreement with the federal government. The site presents the history of the Acadian people and commemorates the deportation of 1755;

Following New Brunswick in 1994 and Louisiana in 1999, it was Nova Scotia's turn to host the Congrès mondial acadien in 2004. Acadians from across the world "returned" to visit the place from which their ancestors were deported. At the same time, the 400th anniversary of the arrival of French colonists in Acadia was celebrated.


Newspapers and magazines

  • Le Courrier de la Nouvelle-Écosse is a weekly newspaper established in 1937.


Three community radio stations are part of the Association des radios communautaires en Atlantique, which is located at 5527 Cogswell St., Halifax, NS, B3J 1R2; phone: (902) 224-1242, email: :

  • The community radio station CIFA Radio Clare, broadcasting since 1990;

  • The community radio station in Cheticamp, CKJM Coopérative Radio-Chéticamp, broadcasting since 1995;

  • The community radio station Radio Halifax Metro CKRH, broadcasting since 2007;

  • A community radio project is underway in the Richmond and produces some radio programming periodically.

Radio programs broadcast by the Société Radio-Canada from Moncton or Montreal; two radio programs produced in and broadcast from Halifax: a morning show (Le Réveil) and a mid-day program (Rouler les airs);


  • Programs produced and broadcast by the Société Radio-Canada from Montreal and Moncton;
  • French-language networks from Quebec (TVA, Télévision Quatre Saisons, TV5) are accessible by cable.

Major organizations

The Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse (FANE) is the primary organization representing this province's Acadian community. First established as Rouler les airs in 1968, the Fédération represents the interests of all Acadians and Francophones of Nova Scotia. To fulfill its mandate as a community organization, FANE is structured to ensure community participation in all its planning and administrative activities. Today's FANE is a true federation, bringing together 26 member organizations that meet regularly as the Conseil provincial des membres (CPM). The members advise their federation on the Acadian community's objectives and priorities.

Provincial Organizations

Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse (FANE)
54 Queen St.
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1G3
Phone: (902) 433-0064
Fax: (902) 433-0066

Association acadienne des artistes de la Nouvelle-Écosse
P.O. Box 573
Middleton, NS B0S 1P0

Association des juristes d'expression française de la Nouvelle-Écosse (AJEFNE)
203-57 Portland St.
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1H1
Phone: (902) 433-2085
Fax: (902) 433-2085

Association du centre communautaire de la Rive-Sud
63 School Rd.
Blockhouse, NS B0J 1E0
Phone: (902) 624-5100
Fax: (902) 624-5102

Association francophone de la Vallée
6 Bedford Rd.
P.O. Box 1778
Greenwood, NS B0P 1R0
Phone: (902) 765-1078
Fax: (902) 765-1063

Centre communautaire francophone de Truro
École acadienne de Truro
50 Aberdeen St.
P.O. Box 21
Truro, NS B2N 5B6
Phone: (902) 896-4505
Fax: (902) 896-4501

Centre communautaire culturel La Picasse
3435 Route 206
P.O. Box 70
Petit-de-Grat, NS B0E 2L0
Phone: (902) 226-0149
Fax: (902) 226-0549

Centre provincial de ressources préscolaires (CPRP)
P.O. Box 222
Saulnierville, NS BOW 2Z0
Phone: (902) 769-5850
Fax: (902)769-3059

Centre scolaire communautaire L'Étoile de l'Acadie
15 Inglis St.
Sydney, NS B1P 7C6
Phone: (902) 564-0432
Fax: (902) 539-8875

Comité provincial Jeux de l'Acadie
102 Chain Lake Dr.
Suite 235
Halifax, NS B3S 1A7
Phone: (902) 445-3059
Fax: (902) 445-0615
Cell: (902) 233-0608

Conseil acadien de Par-en-Bas
P.O. Box 59, 1 Slocumb St.
Tusket, NS B0W 3M0
Phone: (902) 648-2253
Fax: (902) 648-3525

Conseil communautaire du Grand-Havre
201C Portage Ave.
Dartmouth, NS B2X 3T4
Phone: (902) 435-3244
Fax: (902) 4351255

Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ)
603-2000, Barrington St., Cogswell Tower
Halifax, NS B3J 3K1
Phone: (902) 424-3970
Fax: (902) 424-6002
Website :

Conseil jeunesse provincial (CJP)
54 Queen St.
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1G3
Phone: (902) 433-2084
Fax: (902) 433-0066

Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP)
8143, Route 1
P.O. Box 360
Meteghan Centre, NS B0W 2J0
Phone: (902) 645-5530
Fax: (902) 645-5531

Équipe Alphabétisation de la Nouvelle-Écosse (EANÉ)
1 Slocumb St.
P.O. Box 59
Tusket, NS B0W 3M0
Phone: (902) 648-0501
Toll free: 1 888 648-0501
Fax: (902) 648-3525

Fédération culturelle acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse (FéCANE)
2-56 Lahey Rd.
Dartmouth, NS B3A 4A1
Phone: (902) 229-9131
Fax: (902) 466-7970

Fédération des femmes acadiennes de la Nouvelle-Écosse (FFANE)
54 Queen St.
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1G3
Phone: (902) 433-2088
Toll free: 1 877 433-2088
Fax: (902) 433-0066

Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse (FPANE)
54 Queen St.
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1G3
Phone: (902) 435-2060
Fax: (902) 435-0066

Regroupement des aînées et aînés de la Nouvelle-Écosse (RANE)
54 Queen St.
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1G3
Phone: (902) 433-0860
Fax: (902) 433-0066

Société acadienne de Clare
795 Comeauville
P.O. Box 167
Saulnierville, NS B0W 2Z0
Phone: (902) 769-0955
Fax: (902) 769-0955

Société acadienne Sainte-Croix
1154 Monks Head Rd.
P.O. Box 136
Pomquet, NS B2G 2L4
Phone: (902) 386-2679
Fax: (902) 386-2679

Société de presse acadienne (SPA)
Le Courrier de la Nouvelle-Écosse
9250 Route 1, General Delivery
La Butte, NS B0W 2L0
Phone: (902) 769-3078
Toll free: 1 800 951-9119
Fax: (902) 769-3869

Société Promotion Grand-Pré
P.O. Box 150
Grand-Pré, NS B0P 1M0
Phone: (902)-542-3631
Fax: (902)-542-1691

Société Saint-Pierre
15584 Cabot Trail
P.O. Box 430
Cheticamp, NS B0E 1H0
Phone: (902) 224-2642
Fax: (902) 224-1579

Université Sainte-Anne
1695 Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
Phone: (902) 769-2114, poste 300
Fax: (902) 769-2930