Who We Are?

One of the largest organizations providing French language courses in Canada

Get to know us 

  • Alliance Française Vancouver is a not-for-profit organization founded in Vancouver in 1904. It is also a registered Canadian charitable organization.
  • We are one of the largest organizations providing French language courses in Canada. Our programs are affordable and cater to all ages and proficiency levels. More than 2,600 students attend classes each year.
  • We offer more than 60 cultural events each year across performing arts, visual arts,  cinema, literature and ideas and gastronomy to promote the discovery and appreciation of local and international francophone cultures.
  • We host the biggest collection of French language items in B.C at our media library. More than 11,000 documents are accessible for consultation and borrowing.
  • We are proud to offer a bursary program for financially needy students who wish to pursue their French language learning with us.

Alliance Française Vancouver - Timeline


City of Vancouver incorporates


Precursor to Alliance Française Vancouver, the French-immersion Granville School opens


Alliance Française Vancouver is founded


Alliance Française Vancouver acquires land in Oakridge neighbourhood and constructs its first building three years later thanks to the support of the community


Major expansion of facility


115th Anniversary and launch of fundraising campaign




Alliance Française de Vancouver welcomes you in its new home


  • 60% of Francophones in British Columbia live in Metro Vancouver
  • 50% of BC francophones come from Europe, 22% from Asia and 18% from Africa
  • Enrolment in French immersion has increased 30% in the past decade

*from the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada

Promoting Canada's Official Language Education

Alliance Française Vancouver (AFV) is commited its role as Vancouver’s preeminent educational organization teaching one of the two official languages of Canada. The teaching team at AFV is dedicated to developing fluent French language speakers, enriching individuals, communities, and the country as a whole. Children and adults, professionals, retirees, and newcomers to Canada thrive in our classroom-based curriculum taught by inspiring native French-speaking instructors. In our globalized world, where French is spoken in more than 88 member states, fluency means a competitive edge for both companies and employees.

As part of our mandate, we are also proud to offer educational outreach programs to kids in French immersion and Francophone programs from schools in BC. In 2019, prior to the pandemic period, more than 200 students benefited from experiential workshops and cultural activities.

  • 35% increase in students in the past five years
  • 2,600 students, split evenly between adults and children, take classes each year at AFV
  • Over 1,000 official French language certifications awarded annually
  • Low-income students are eligible for bursaries of up to $4,000 annually
  • Additional reference and learning materials are accessible for free in AFV’s media library

Promoting Diversity and Inclusiveness in the Arts

Live performances, film screenings, culinary workshops, visual art exhibitions, lecture series and other special events are held at AFV. Most programs are free and open to the public and are offered in French and English. We also arrange artist-in-residence programs for individual and organizations, allowing local creative artists welcome space to produce, prepare and rehearse.

  • 3,650 attendees for 73 cultural events in 2019 (prior to the pandemic)
  • 209% increase in event participants from 2015 to 2019
  • 50 professional and community arts and cultural organizations partner with Alliance Française Vancouver in a year
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