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Committee of Deputy Ministers and the Office of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie

This committee provides leadership for the implementation of the French-language Services Act. It is responsible for assisting Acadian Affairs and Francophonie in establishing government-wide strategic direction and helping government meet its obligations for advancing French-language services. 


Designated Public Institutions

The French-language Services Regulations specify which government institutions have responsibilities for delivering services in French. These designated public institutions include all departments, most offices, many agencies, the nine district health authorities and the IWK Health Centre. Representatives from departments and offices serve on the French-language Services Coordinating Committee, which works with Acadian Affairs to develop strategic plans and operational guidelines to support French-language service delivery.


Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse (FANE)

The FANE supports its more than 25 member associations and the broader Acadian and francophone community. The FANE is active in a number of areas, including community representation, francophone immigration, providing support to its members, and communications and awareness-building. It is the oldest provincial association serving the Acadian and francophone community of Nova Scotia.


Advisory Committee to the Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie

The Advisory Committee will provide the minister with advice and information on issues that are important to Nova Scotia’s Acadian and francophone community.
The Terms of Reference for the Advisory Committee are available here:



Canadian Heritage

A department of the federal government and key partner of Acadian Affairs, Canadian Heritage provides funding for French-language services and related projects through the Canada–Nova Scotia Agreement on French-language Services. Funding received from the agreement must be matched by the province. Canadian Heritage is responsible for national policies and programs to promote culture, the arts, heritage, official languages, community engagement and multiculturalism.


Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie

This annual conference brings together the federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for Acadian and francophone affairs and Canadian Heritage.

The ministers meet to focus on issues related to the Canadian Francophonie, discuss the development of public policies and initiatives to increase and enhance services in French. The activities of the Ministerial Conference contribute to the vitality of French-language communities and francophone cultures.


Intergovernmental Network of the Canadian Francophonie

This network is comprised of public servants from departments and offices related to French-language services and Acadian and francophone communities from every province and territory. They meet with the federal government several times a year to discuss common issues. The Intergovernmental Network of the Canadian Francophonie is also responsible for planning the annual Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie.



Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF)

A wide-reaching international organization, the APF connects 77 francophone parliaments and interparliamentary organizations across five continents, including those of Canada and Nova Scotia. Its mandate is to promote and defend democracy and human rights, and to allow cultural diversity and the French language to prosper around the world.