Guest blog by Chantal Brodeur, Francophone Affairs Program Manager
What is this?
We live in a digital world. But our cultural roots have never been more important.
For the 70,000 Francophones and 300,000 Francophiles who live in British Columbia, connecting with other members of their community and accessing services in their native language is a way to celebrate and retain their culture. That is why the Francophone Affairs Program maintains a web-friendly map to connect French speaking citizens to a wide range of services available in B.C. (version française)
This web map helps citizens locate services provided in French in the areas of education, employment, daycare, health care, business and tourism. The map is available in both official languages and can be accessed on your smart phone, tablet, or computer. This project is supported by the Canada – British Columbia Official Languages Agreement on French-languages Services.
The web-based mapping tool is annually updated in partnership with various British Columbia ministries and four provincial Francophone non-profit organizations: Fédération des francophones de la C.B., Société de développement économique de la C.B., Réso-Santé and Fédération des parents francophones de la C.B. The map includes over 3,000 francophone service locations. We are pleased to announce a drastic increase in the number of French Health service providers from 120 to 775. This increase means that more BC Francophones can get better quality care by improving communication between patients and their care providers.
One of the map’s objectives is to help Francophones and Francophiles make informed decisions, whether they are looking for an economic opportunity or to move to British Columbia and want to live where there are services in French. The most recent updates now include the WorkBC services in French as well as all French schools and French Immersion schools.
We are excited about using digital mapping technology to bring the francophone community closer together. If you would like to add francophone service locations to the map, please contact the Francophone Affairs Program.