Founded in 1977, the Association des francophones du Nord-Ouest de l'Ontario (AFNOO) works to represent the Francophone community in Northwestern Ontario at political and community levels. AFNOO works to develop and to enhance the dynamism of the Francophone organizations and communities. AFNOO is a federation and accounts 27 member groups that work in different sectors including education, culture, early childhood, genealogy, women, health, entrepreneurship, seniors and youth.
Our team works closely with our political institutions, our community partners and entrepreneurs in order to maintain or improve French services in our region. We welcome local businesses to send us bilingual job offers that require French as an asset, which we can publish free of charge on our website. We also invite you to promote your French language services and your business in our French regional magazine "Le Relais", which is published twice a year. In addition, businesses can expand their clientele by displaying their services offered in French in Northwestern Ontario on our online Directory.
Let's work together to build a stronger community! Francophones in Northwestern Ontario: an economic lever for the entire region.
The entire community of Northwestern Ontario benefits from increased services in French and the collective capacity to promote the Francophonie throughout diverses sectors of its life.
To ensure the development and the prosperity of the Francophone community in Northwestern Ontario at the political, educational, economic, linguistic, social and cultural levels.
- Solidarity : collaborate for the common good
- Eco-responsibility : apply the principles of sustainable development
- Inclusion : implicate the whole community in all of its diversity
- Innovation : adapt itself to the realities of the Northwest in a creative way
- Integrity : demonstrate transparency and loyalty
Our strategic plan
Since June 2015, AFNOO has engaged in a strategic planning process to ensure that its vision, mission, values, axes and strategic objectives meet the needs of its Northwestern community over the next five years (2016-2021).
Did you know that 1,400,000 people speak French in Ontario ?
Are you one of them? Then the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario and its partners encourage you to let others know and to be recognized by requesting that you be served in French when doing your groceries, eating out, shopping or dealing with other businesses.
Do you run a business? Join the movement by offering bilingual services: there are plenty of benefits. You will attract and capture a new set of clients, increase your sales and get a chance at some free publicity.
Liberal victory: Changes ahead in supporting the Francophones
Thunder Bay, October 20, 2015 – The AFNOO congratulates the newly elected representatives in Northwestern Ontario, including Don Rusnak and Patty Hajdu who will represent Thunder Bay districts. The organization is committed to working with these new MPs for the advancement of the cause of the Francophones in the region.
For the president of the AFNOO Donald Pelletier the new government is "an opportunity to advance our projects on the francophonie in Northwestern Ontario. Now more than ever is the time to listen to us, especially with the election of a young Francophone Prime Minister."
The AFNOO will monitor closely the announcement of a Minister of Official Languages and the fulfilment of the Liberal commitment to the creation of an improved plan for official languages, in collaboration with the communities.
AFNOO ensures the development and the prosperity of the Francophone community in Northwestern Ontario at the political, educational, economic, linguistic, social and cultural levels.
Reserve our historical Exhibits!
Are you looking to enhance the Francophone heritage? AFNOO and Club canadien-français de Thunder Bay offer you the opportunity to host one or two bilingual exhibits in your organization, museum, school, city hall. It's free and each exhibit represents 10 vertical displayed (pop-up).
Exhibit 1: Francophones of the Northwest: History and Heritage.
Exhibit 2: Pride in the Northwest: 400 Years of French Presence in Ontario.
AFNOO has developed a directory of French-language services to promote bilingualism and the French language as an asset in business.
The directory is frequently consulted by French-speaking tourists and newcomers to Northwestern Ontario.If your business or organization offers some or all of its services in French, it can be listed in the directory for free. The listing gives you and your service visibility and access to a growing and dynamic francophone community, both in Northwestern Ontario and beyond.
To learn more about the directory, you can read this article from FedNor.
For more information, call AFNOO toll free at 1 888 248-1712 or you can register directly online.
Celebrate the 400th with us!
Celebrate Franco-Ontarian Day!
Join us for our Franco-Festival!
Together, let's celebrate the largest francophone festival in Northwestern Ontario.
Next celebration is on the third weekend of May 2016. Visit: https://englishfrancofestival.squarespace.com/home