What We Do

The Government of Nova Scotia’s central support agency for French-language services

Acadian Affairs works with government departments, agencies, offices and Crown corporations, providing tools and resources to help them deliver services in French. Acadian Affairs’ services and programs include translation, French language training, funding, policy advice and tools such as the Bonjour! visual identification program.

 

Serving the Acadian and francophone community

In addition to enabling the delivery of French-language services, Acadian Affairs promotes Acadian and francophone culture and heritage, celebrates accomplishments and supports community initiatives and projects.

Acadian Affairs maintains an ongoing dialogue with the Acadian and francophone community and encourages participation in government consultations. Acadian Affairs shares the input it receives with departments so that the community’s needs are understood, and where possible, addressed in government programs, policies, and services.

 

Implementing the French-language Services Act

Nova Scotia is committed to the development and growth of the province’s Acadian and francophone community and to providing French-language services.

The passing of the French-language Services Act and Regulations formalized the province’s commitment and Acadian Affairs’ role in assisting government to fulfil the requirements of the Act.

The French-language Services Act outlines measures and regulations for the delivery of French-language services. This is the legislative framework that forms the basis for the development and delivery of French-language services by the provincial government.

 

Designated Public Institutions

The French-language Services Regulations specify the government institutions to which the French-language Services Act applies. These designated public institutions include all departments, most offices, many agencies, the nine district health authorities and the IWK Health Centre. The Acadian and francophone community can expect to receive services in French from these designated public institutions. Each institution is required to publish an annual French-language services plan. See the current list of designated public institutions.

 

French-language Services Coordinating Committee

The French-language Services Coordinating Committee works with Acadian Affairs to deliver and improve French-language services. It also assists and advises the Minister of Acadian Affairs on matters relating to the French-language Services Act.

The committee is made up of representatives from government departments and offices. The French-language services coordinators who sit on the committee also play an important role within their respective institutions. They assist in the development of annual French-language services plans and are lead advisors on French-language services.

The French-language Services Coordinating Committee develops guidelines and procedures, identifies priorities, and shares best practices relating to French-language Services 

See the list of French-language services coordinators who sit on the committee.

 

Nova Scotia Strategic Plan for French-language Services

The Nova Scotia Strategic Plan for French-language Services guides the development, delivery, and expansion of government services in French. It also supports the long-term development and sustainability of the Acadian and francophone community in Nova Scotia. The implementation of the strategic plan is funded in part by the Canada – Nova Scotia Agreement on French-language Services. The French-language Services Coordinating Committee develops the plan under the leadership of Acadian Affairs.

The Nova Scotia Strategic Plan for French-language Services outlines three specific objectives:

  1. Leadership and policy direction: Champion and support the planning, administration, and policy development frameworks for the implementation of the French-language Services Act and its regulations.  
  2. Availability and accessibility of French-language services: Increase the prevalence and awareness of French-language services through active offer, communications, printed and electronic materials, and by increasing the capacity of the public service to offer services in French.
  3. Community engagement and outreach: Encourage the participation of the Acadian and Francophone community in the development of government policies with a view to improving the delivery of services in French.