Since 1867

Official Languages in Canada

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Studio portrait of Mr. McCarthy
1892

English becomes the sole official language of the Northwest Territories

An ordinance and a resolution make English the only language permitted in schools and in the legislative assembly.
February 3, 1898

Alberta’s first weekly French-language newspaper is published

The four-page L’Ouest canadien features local and provincial news on pages 2 and 3.
1905

The Saskatchewan Act and the Alberta Act allow the limited use of French as a language of public instruction

Francophones of various origins settle in the newly created province of Saskatchewan, establishing numerous small villages.
September 1, 1905

Alberta and Saskatchewan join Confederation

Alberta becomes a province due in large part to the efforts of Sir Frederick William Alpin Gordon Haultain, a lawyer and member of the Council of the Northwest Territories and the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories.
The first "Campus Saint-Jean" at Pincher Creek in Alberta.
1908

The Juniorat Saint-Jean is founded in Pincher Creek

The Juniorat Saint-Jean in Pincher Creek, Alberta, is a school run by Oblate priests for young men studying theology in French.
December 13, 1925

The Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta is founded

More than 400 people from all over Alberta lay the foundation for a new association.
October 22, 1926

The first meeting of the secret society of the Commandeurs de l’Ordre de Jacques-Cartier is held in Ontario

The society is a reflection of a certain amount of frustration among French Canadians who feel that their rights are being ignored.
Joseph Oreux Pilon is the first president of the Association
1935

Franco-Albertans establish the Association des commissaires d’écoles de langue française de l’Alberta

The Association des commissaires d’écoles de langue française de l’Alberta elect Joseph-Oreux Pilon, a businessman involved in the community, as its first president.
1964

The Alberta School Act is amended

The amendment permits at least one hour of French instruction a day.
Canadian Parents for French logo
1977

The Alberta branch of Canadian Parents for French is founded

It is one of the first three provincial branches of the Canadian Parents for French network.
Logo of Campus Saint-Jean
1977

The Collège universitaire Saint-Jean becomes a faculty at the University of Alberta

After decades as an independent post-secondary educational institution, Collège Saint-Jean is granted faculty status at the University of Alberta.
Picture of one of the first carnaval
1982

An Alberta winter festival celebrates French-Canadian culture and tradition

The Carnaval de St-Isidore is a unique opportunity for English- and French-speaking residents and visitors to celebrate Franco-Albertan culture.
Franco-Albertan flag
March 6, 1982

The Franco-Albertan flag flies for the first time

Jean-Pierre Grenier wins the design competition organized by Francophonie jeunesse de l’Alberta.
The mascot at the 2014 edition of the fête franco-albertaine
1989

The Fête franco-albertaine makes its debut

It starts with a group of young Francophones who organize a family camping trip.
Sign of the Supreme Court of Canada
1990

The Supreme Court of Canada ruling in the Mahe case recognizes the right of parents belonging to the linguistic minority to manage their own educational institutions, where numbers warrant

The Court stipulates that section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was “designed to correct, on a national scale, the progressive erosion of minority official language groups” and to “remedy past injustices.”
Franco-Albertan flag
1993

Franco-Albertans regain control of their schools

Alberta’s School Act is amended to recognize the right of Francophones to manage their own schools.
Franco-Albertan flag
1999

Alberta creates the Francophone Secretariat

The provincial government creates the Secretariat in recognition of its French-speaking citizens and its commitment to them.
Logo of Réseau santé albertain
2003

A French language health services network takes root in Alberta

Through an agreement with the Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta, Alberta’s Francophone community gives the Réseau santé albertain a mandate to develop the delivery of French language health services in the province.
June 28, 2007

L’empreinte francophone is unveiled in Alberta

The monument is created in honour of Franco-Albertans.
2015

The Federal Court examines the reasonableness of the measures taken by the Canada Revenue Agency in relation to language of work

The Federal Court determined that the right of members of the public to communicate with and receive services from the Canada Revenue Agency in their preferred official language takes precedence over the constitutional language-of-work rights of employees of that institution—in this case, Luc Tailleur.
2015

The Supreme Court of Canada upholds the validity of Alberta’s unilingual statutes

The Supreme Court of Canada upheld the constitutionality of the Languages Act of 2000, which provides that Alberta laws may be enacted in English only.
Guests gathering around the franco-manitobain flag at the policy announcement.
2017

The Government of Alberta adopts its French Policy

After years of lobbying by the Franco-Albertan community, the provincial government establishes a policy that recognizes Alberta’s French-speaking population.