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People from all over the world have chosen to live in Alberta. Migrants from other parts of Canada and other nations built its rich human heritage. Even now, Alberta is open to new opportunities, new people and new ideas. Whether you are a Franco-Albertan or a French-speaking newcomer, you will find that the French language and culture are important elements to personal growth and development. In a province like Alberta, where the predominant language is English, the Franco-Albertan community is an invaluable resource to enhance quality of life, facilitate integration and develop a sense of belonging.

There are Francophones in all regions of Alberta but the greatest concentration of Franco-Albertans is found in the two metropolitan areas of Edmonton and Calgary. Many communities also have a significant Francophone population. There you will be able to find schools, cultural centers, regional offices of l’Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta (ACFA) (French Canadian Association of Alberta) and other centers and institutions that provide services and programs in French.

“Alberta's Francophonie represents more than 100 non-profit organizations involved in a variety of sectors such as the arts and culture, education, health, early childhood, newcomers, economic development and heritage preservation.” (Quoted from ‘Alberta’s francophone community: strong and vibrant’, Government of Alberta, July 2009)

To learn more about Alberta’s francophone community, visit the following links:

Bonjour Alberta
Profil de la communauté francophone (French)

Association canadienne-française de l'Alberta (French)