French in Canada

Canada is not only the second largest country in the world, it is also the country with the largest number of native French speakers after France. French plays an important role in the linguistic landscape of Canada, perpetuating a language whose North American origins are nearly four centuries old. This exhibit presents the dynamic history and contemporary status of Francophone communities from coast to coast. It highlights the Laurentian and Acadian dialects and describes language contact with English and Aboriginal languages.

This research was made possible thanks to the project “Le français à la mesure d’un continent : un patrimoine en partage” under the directorship of France Martineau and supported through a Major Collaborative Research Initiative grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Visit the Exhibit


From: Sunday, June 2, 2024
To: Saturday, June 29, 2024


Sault Ste. Marie Museum
690 Queen Street East, P6A 2A4 Sault Ste. Marie , Ontario
See map: Google Maps

Previous locations

Laurentian UniversitySudbury, OntarioFebruary to April 2024
Canadian Language Museum, Glendon Campus, York UniversityToronto, OntarioJanuary to February 2024
Department of Language Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough LibraryScarborough, OntarioMarch 2023
Guildford Park Secondary SchoolSurrey, BCJanuary 2023
Fleetwood Park Secondary SchoolSurrey, BCJanuary 2023
Canadian Language Museum, Glendon Campus, York UniversityToronto, OntarioSeptember to October 2022
Canadian Language Museum, Glendon Campus, York UniversityToronto, OntarioMay 2022
Toronto French SchoolToronto, OntarioMarch 2022
Maison de la francophonie d’OttawaOttawa, OntarioAugust to September 2020
Canadian Language Museum, Glendon Campus, York UniversityToronto, OntarioJanuary to February 2020
Consortium national de formation en santéOttawa, OntarioJune 2019
Canada Post / Canada Revenue AgencyOttawa, OntarioMarch 2019
Association des francophones de la region de YorkAurora, OntarioSeptember 2018
Les français d’ici, Département d’Études françaises, Concordia UniversityMontréal, QuébecMay 2018
Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages, York UniversityToronto, OntarioApril 2018
Pavillion, Université de MontréalMontréal, QuébecMarch 2018
Canadian Language Museum, Glendon Campus, York UniversityToronto, OntarioOctober 2017
Centre for Excellence, Glendon Campus, York UniversityToronto, OntarioAugust 2017
Canada Post PlaceOttawa, OntarioMarch 2017
University of Toronto ScarboroughToronto, OntarioMarch 2016
University of Western OntarioLondon, OntarioOctober 2015
Library, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)Toronto, OntarioOctober 2015
NWAV (New Ways of Analyzing Variation) Conference, Hart House, University of TorontoToronto, OntarioOctober 2015
Aboriginal Pavilion, PanAm Games 2015Toronto, OntarioJuly 2015
École secondaire Monseigneur BruyèreLondon, OntarioApril 2015
École secondaire Gabriel DumontLondon, OntarioApril 2015
University of Western OntarioLondon, OntarioApril 2015
Arts & Humanities Atrium Building, University of Western OntarioLondon, OntarioMarch 2015
Gerstein Library, University of TorontoToronto, OntarioFebruary to March 2015
Arts Atrium, Memorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John’s, Newfoundland and LabradorJanuary to February 2015
Centre of Excellence Wing, York Hall, Glendon Campus, York UniversityToronto, OntarioNovember to December 2014
MacOrdrum Library, Carleton UniversityOttawa, OntarioSeptember to October 2014
Morisset Hall, University of OttawaOttawa, OntarioSeptember 2014
Bibliothèque Champlain, Université de MonctonMoncton, NBJune 2014
Thistle Complex, Brock UniversitySt. Catharines, OntarioMay 2014
University College, University of Western OntarioLondon, OntarioMay 2014
Museum of LondonLondon, OntarioMay 2014
New College, University of TorontoToronto, OntarioMarch to April 2014

Explore the exhibit

Click on the panels to see them on full screen