We are excited to announce the completion of our beautiful Mass Timber structural building. Now the wood is installed, the pace of the
construction will accelerate. The construction team will finalize the exterior and enclose the facility in a few weeks by installing
the exterior glass windows.
Bistro lease opportunity
We are pleased to present the opportunity to lease a high-profile bistro space with patio at the main entrance to the new Alliance
Française Vancouver facility. The target is for the bistro to act as a three-concept restaurant: coffee shop + bistro + wine bar, adapting to the clientele at various hours of the day.
We are happy to announce and acknowledge the financial support of Institut Français Paris.
Their contribution will help make our virtual reality exhibition available for everyone in our media library.
Financial support from PacifiCan
On Thursday, March 4, 2023, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, on behalf of the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister
responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced an investment of over $3.9 million for four projects to support B.C.’s Francophone and Francophile communities.
L’Alliance Française de Vancouver will receive $750,000, this funding will go towards a new library, community spaces and
washrooms in our new community centre.
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
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.
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.
Board Chair, Alliance Française Vancouver
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.