The services offered by the Espace Franco include:
Calgary’s Francophonie is growing. It increased from 24,745 residents in 2011 to 28,560 in 2016, according to Statistics Canada data. Due to this growth, there is a greater need for services in French for these residents. Unfortunately our organizations do not have access to adequate premises to expand these services, which would allow them to serve their clients properly. The ESPACE FRANCO is coming to the aid of these organizations by making available adequate and innovative space for their development.
We know that an inspiring space equipped with state-of-the-art technology facilitates research and development. That is why we are setting up condo offices that will be part of the ESPACE FRANCO innovation centre. This space will allow our developing associations and enterprises to have access to office premises and a high-technology experimentation centre in which to develop their operations. The purpose of these premises is to promote innovation and support socio-economic development.
Calgary’s Francophone is rich in its diversity. These commercial premises (shops, literary café and library, restaurants, Francophone bookstore and so on) are contributing to the creation of Calgary’s Francophone village. This unique architectural creation in Calgary is a vibrant space, a forum for exchanging ideas, and a space for exhibiting and promoting Francophone cultural values in the city of Calgary.
Seniors' Centre and Apartments
Société franco-canadienne de Calgary (SFCC) / Friendship Club
Although Calgary’s Francophone population is predominantly young, as everywhere else in Canada it includes a significant number of seniors,. Through its seniors’ accommodation program, the ESPACE FRANCO provides these seniors with a space that is pleasant and comfortable, with services in French.
Events and Conference Room
The Events Room at the ESPACE FRANCO is a modern and multifunctional space that can accommodate groups of up to 350 people, for shows, galas, dances, weddings and conferences.
Francophone Health Centre
Francophone populations have the right to receive health services in their native language. Calgary’s Francophone community already has one clinic that provides family health services to its clients. The ESPACE FRANCO will accommodate the Francophone clinic as part of a multidisciplinary community health centre.
Economic Development for Calgary’s Francophonie – CDEA (Conseil de développement économique de l’Alberta)
Calgary’s Francophonie is young, dynamic and thriving. We focus on innovation and sustainable job creation to provide a better future for these young people. The ESPACE FRANCO is assisting the CDEA, a leader in the economic development of the Francophone community in Alberta; it will be providing support within the ESPACE FRANCO to young Francophone entrepreneurs as they work towards achieving sustainable development.
Newcomer Settlement – CANAF (Centre d’Accueil des Nouveaux Arrivants Francophones)
We strongly believe that accommodation assistance in the form of comfortable and affordable transitional housing will facilitate the integration of newcomers who, according to the IRCC, represent 44% of growth in Calgary’s Francophone population from 2009 to 2016. Newcomers are therefore able to focus on essential daily life activities or finding a job.
Daycare Centre for our Young Children
Education – FrancoSud
With the assistance of FrancoSud and its partners, the ESPACE FRANCO plans to create a Francophone daycare centre on its premises, to serve working parents in downtown Calgary. The main aim of these daycare services is the intellectual, social and physical development of the children, and to strengthen bilingualism among young children.