Acadian Affairs, a division of the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, serves as a central support agency for the Nova Scotia government, providing tools and resources for the delivery of services in French by public institutions. Acadian Affairs oversees the implementation of the French-language Services Act and helps to ensure that the Acadian and francophone community’s needs are met by building relationships between government and the community.
Acadian Affairs envisions a vibrant Acadian and francophone community that enjoys significant support from the Province of Nova Scotia, thus enabling its members to grow and develop as a people.
Acadian Affairs offers advice and support to departments, offices, agencies, and Crown corporations so they can develop and adapt policies, programs, and services that reflect the needs of the Acadian and francophone community of Nova Scotia.
The objects and purposes of Acadian Affairs as stated in the French-language Services Act are to:
- ensure that the Government is aware of the needs of the Acadian and francophone community;
- offer advice and support to departments, offices and agencies of Government and to Crown corporations for the purpose of developing and adopting or providing programs, policies and services that reflect the needs of the Acadian and francophone community;
- provide support for other departments for French-language services within the Government;
- develop partnerships with Acadian and francophone agencies at provincial, national and international levels;
- ensure that Acadian and francophone needs are addressed in the development of programs, policies and services; and
- recognize the contribution of the Acadian and francophone community.
Partners and Stakeholders
Acadian Affairs works with stakeholder groups and partner organizations at provincial, national and international levels. Their input helps inform the development of French-language services and guide the work of Acadian Affairs.
Learn about Acadian Affairs’ key partners and stakeholders.