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Support from the government of Canada.

Support from the government of Canada.

We are happy to announce and acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada. 

Here below is a citation of  Taleeb Noormohamed. Member of Parliament :

“It’s a real pleasure to announce this project on behalf of the Honourable Ginnete Petitpas Taylor. This investment will help in the creation of a gathering space for British Columbia’s Francophone community, especially in Vancouver. This is a great example of how we can promote our official languages and allow them to flourish in the future.” -  Taleeb Noormohamed, Member of Parliament (Vancouver Granville)


Our building is starting to take form, a few metal beams have been put into place and walls are starting to raise, at this pace, we are expected to be inaugurating our new home by the Summer of 2023.

During the next phase of construction, the mass timber structure will be assembled. Stay tuned for more updates.

Funding Molson Foundation

Funding Molson Foundation

We would like to thank the Molson Foundation for its generous donation in support of our new building project.

The Molson Foundation supports the health and education sectors as well as institutions involved in the arts and culture in order to preserve and enrich Canada's cultural and intellectual heritage.

To find more about the Molson Foundation : https://fondationmolson.org/en/ 

Jury prize from the UNESCO's MAB

Jury prize from the UNESCO's MAB

Alliance Française Vancouver has received the Jury Prize from the UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) program and the Foundation des Alliances Françaises in the category "Life of the Alliance and Eco-Responsibility" for our project of a new eco-responsible building, scheduled to open in Spring 2023.

 To find out more about UNESCO's MAB Program: Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme (unesco.org)

New Building Update

New Building Update

Dear Alliance Française Vancouver members,

It has been a long time since I shared with you about the progress of the New Alliance. Delays have accumulated since our general assembly in September 2021: torrential rains in the Fall, followed by the Siberian cold of Christmas, followed by a strike of workers in the concrete industry that has fortunately just ended. All this against a backdrop of contagious variants and rising prices of materials and labor that are driving up costs. Nevertheless, the project is progressing and is scheduled to be completed in late spring 2023. In the coming weeks the building will come out of the ground and the installation of the large wooden beams is planned for the Fall.

We estimate that our fundraising efforts will allow us to reach ¾ of our initial goal ($4 millions in grants and donations) by the end of the year. I would like to personally thank all of you who have already generously contributed. With rising costs, we anticipate that we will have to continue our efforts and exceed our initial fundraising goal. In September, we will launch our Sponsor a Seat campaign to the Francophone and Francophile communities. This will be a unique opportunity to participate in an historic project that will enrich Vancouver's cultural and community life. More information will be available very soon.

I invite you to come and witness the construction as it progresses and wish you a beautiful summer. Looking forward to seeing you for the next General Assembly planned for September 1st. 


Marie-Claire Howard,
Board Chair, Alliance Française Vancouver

Canadian Heritage Grant

Canadian Heritage Grant

Alliance Française is proud to announce we received funds from Heritage Canada through the program: Supporting the Foundations of Cultural Infrastructure Initiative. This funding will help support the increasing costs of the construction industry. 

BC Arts Council

BC Arts Council

Alliance Française Vancouver is thrilled to announce the support of BC Arts Council and the government of British Columbia for the construction of our new cultural spaces.
This funding is linked to the Arts Infrastructure Program 2021- 22. We are very excited that the building is taking shape, we can’t wait to welcome you all next Spring 2023 for our Grand Opening.

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Funding by the Mass Timber Program

Funding by the Mass Timber Program

 The Alliance Francaise Vancouver wants to gratefully acknowledge the financial support of our Province of BC via their Mass Timber Demonstration Program for helping us fund our institutional project, that will be an advancement in wood use for the City of Vancouver.

Our new building will include a first of a kind, four story assembly occupancy building showcasing the mass timber structure and promoting the use of wood by exposing it in the interior to create a warm, natural, and inviting interior. The resulting spaces will be more efficient, comfortable, and healthier for our community. Mass timber allows to reduce carbon footprint from construction and adds value to the forestry sector.  It is a central part of the StrongerBC Economic Plan that aligns with the Province’s climate goals by supporting clean growth and using renewable resources.  

For more information: Mass Timber Action Plan launched, four new projects announced | BC Gov News

Stage 3 - Full building permit issued

Stage 3 - Full building permit issued

We are pleased to announce the approval of the final building permit (stage 3) for Cambie 6161, a significant step in our construction process that will bring our physical space to fruition. We are finalizing the foundation, and we expect completion by mid-May. We have obtained a complete building permit from the City of Vancouver; we will start constructing the main building right after the foundation phase. As we mentioned previously, this is a crucial step because it will help the smooth process of the following stages of the work, and we will be able to see the physical changes and the completion of the building.

Please visit our new building page to see the construction gallery, updated monthly, if you wish to follow the progress.

BC GAMING GRANT

BC GAMING GRANT

We at the Alliance Française acknowledge the financial support of the province of British Columbia.

We are very happy for their aid in acquiring equipment for our new up-and-coming performance space. Get ready to enjoy quality cinemas, lectures, performances, and more!

Curious as to what we will get? Check our website for monthly updates.