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Overview

Over the years, the government has worked closely with Alberta's diverse and vibrant Francophonie to support its vitality, and provide quality programs and services that meet its practical needs.

In June 2017, the Alberta government adopted a French Policy that guides government ministries in maintaining and developing new services in French. Through meaningful dialogue and collaboration with Francophonie stakeholders, the government will further enhance services in French – now and in the years to come. Government will implement the French Policy on an ongoing basis, as resources allow.

Contact

If you have questions related to specific services and resources, please connect directly with the relevant ministry: government staff directory.

For general inquiries, you can connect with the Francophone Secretariat:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-415-3348 (Edmonton and area)
Toll free: dial 310-0000 before the number
Fax: 780-644-8800
Email: francosec@gov.ab.ca

Other contact options

Follow us on Twitter for information in French on services, resources and events.

Arts and culture

Historic sites, museums and libraries

Francophonie in Alberta

Community organizations

Business and economy

Driving and transportation

Education and training

French-language K to 12 education

Post-secondary education

Career, learning and employment information

  • Alis.alberta.ca: alis offers web content and publications in French about career planning, post-secondary education and training, educational funding, job searches, and more.
  • Coal and electricity transition tuition voucher: financial assistance is available to help coal workers access post-secondary education to train for a new career.
  • Francophonie Jeunesse de l'Alberta (FJA): in partnership with the Francophone school boards and funding from the provincial government, FJA offers a Leadership AAA course to grade 10 to 12 students.

Environment

Family and social supports

Children and families

  • Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Centres: several ELCC Centres offer childcare programming in French for children aged 0 to kindergarten, with maximum fees of $25 per day.
  • Parent Link Centres: the following centres provide parents and caregivers of young children 0-6 with free resources and support in French in the areas of early childhood development, parenting, family support, developmental screening and information and referrals:
  • Alberta childcare accreditation standards (publication): this booklet promotes excellence in childcare settings and helps families choose the best care for their children.
  • Preschool Talk Box (publication): this resource gives parents suggestions to help create language-rich environments at home, in the park, at the mall, or anywhere.
  • Triple P – Positive Parenting Program: toolbox to help parents manage problem behaviour and developmental issues, encourage positive behaviour, cope with stress, develop a close relationship with their child and teach their child new skills.

Crisis supports

Income support

Seniors

Government

About government

Priorities and initiatives

Health

Health care services, facilities and providers

  • Alberta Health Services (AHS) provides services for French-speaking patients and families. This includes 24/7 over the phone interpretation, document translation for patient care, as well as brochures and posters on various health topics.
  • Saint-Thomas Community Health Centre (Covenant Care) in Edmonton provides primary care services in French, including long-term care and assisted-living services with operational funding from Alberta Health Services.

Health information

Housing and community

Jobs and employment

Employment supports

Employment standards

Law and justice

Your rights and the law

  • In Alberta, criminal proceedings can be heard in French. An accused person can apply to have their trial heard in French and request a French interpreter.
  • For provincial offence matters, bilingual or French-language hearings/trials are possible if directed by the Court (and with the consent of the prosecutor). Provision of French interpretation services is possible if the defendant or counsel wishes to use French in oral communications in a proceeding, and gives reasonable notice to the prosecutor and the court.
  • For civil/family matters, requests can be made to have French-speaking judges and clerks assigned (for example, where all of the parties involved speak French). Accommodating these requests is based on availability.

Legal procedures and assistance

  • The Language Line Interpreter Service for Clients is available in French.
  • Alberta Law Libraries connects Albertans with reliable sources of legal information and offers approximately 1,300 titles in French.
  • Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Alberta (AJEFA – French-speaking legal professionals association of Alberta) receives federal funding to promote access to justice in French in Alberta.

Life events

Birth

Divorce and separation

Marriage

Moving to Alberta

About Alberta

Driving in Alberta

Finding employment

Parks and recreation