The Last 30 Years

1980
The Fédération des Francophones de la Colombie-Britannique (FFCB) - then known as the Fédération des Franco-Colombiens (FFC) - and a group of parents create the Association des parents Francophones, nowadays the Fédération des parents Francophones de Colombie-Britannique.

1990
On January 1, access is given to trials in French in criminal cases before provincial jurisdiction courts.

1996
In March, the Francophone community takes charge of its destiny by signing the first Canada-Community Framework Agreement with the Department of Canadian Heritage.

1997
In June, the Department of Education tables Bill 45, an Act Amending the British Columbia School Act that officially creates the Francophone School Board.

1998
The Société de développement économique de la Colombie- Britannique is established.

2000
L'Association des juristes d'expression française is created. This non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting French in the administration of justice.

2001
For the first time in British Columbia's history, the provincial and federal governments sign an agreement on the promotion of official languages. The government appoints a Francophone Affairs representative.

2003
Founding of RésoSanté, which brings together key players in the health sector. Its mandate is to support the development, integrated accessibility, and sustainability of French language health services in British Columbia.

2004
A French-language education program is set up at Simon Fraser University.

2006
A cooperation agreement is signed by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue and the Fédération des Francophones de la Colombie-Britannique. This agreement aims to ensure full participation of British Columbia's Francophones in the activities leading up to 2010 and to help VANOC meet its needs in terms of official languages and carrying out the preparation of the Games.

2007
The Société radio-communautaire de Victoria, the first French-language community radio, enters the airwaves.

2008
Establishment of the Agence Francophone pour l'accueil des immigrants, a project led by FFCB in cooperation with a consortium. The goal of the Agence is to support the settlement and integration of Francophone newcomers.

2009
The Francophone community develops a new visual image to increase its visibility toward the population as a whole