Legislative and Policy Framework

Official Languages Overview

French is an official language in the NWT and the GNWT recognizes the Francophone community as an important component of NWT society and contributor to its social, economic and cultural development.

In recognition of this, and that Official Languages have equality of status and equal rights and privileges, the GNWT has created its Strategic Plan on French Language Communication and Services (Strategic Plan) to guide its departments, boards and agencies in the development, provision and offer of French language communications and services to the Francophone community. Below you will find a link to the Strategic Plan along with other documents or sites which can be used to find more information.


The Canada-NWT Agreement on French Language Services and Indigenous Languages provides annual funding to the GNWT to meet mutually agreed upon objectives. The funding goes towards providing administrative and policy support to implement and deliver programs and services to the public in French.


Support to the French Community

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) provided a grant to Radio Taïga under the Community Broadcasting Grant Program. This program is designed to provide funding to help pay for the operating costs of community broadcasting organizations. ECE provides five dollars in grant money for every one dollar raised locally by a community broadcast organization. Radio Taïga is Yellowknife’s French community radio, in operation since 2000.


Consultation with the French community

Since 2019-20, the Francophone Affairs Secretariat has conducted an annual Francophone Community Satisfaction Survey to probe the Francophone community on the quality of the active offer and effective delivery of GNWT French language communications and services. The results of the Survey contribute to the ongoing evaluation of the GNWT French language communication and services and guide the Francophone Affairs Secretariat in carrying systematic audits to assist GNWT institutions in improving their French language communications and services to the public.

The report of the 2021-22 Francophone Community Satisfaction Survey is published here.


Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie

The Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie (MCCF) is an intergovernmental organization created in 1994; it is made up of federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for the Canadian Francophonie. The MCCF deal with various issues related to the Canadian francophonie, provides direction for intergovernmental cooperation, and plays a unifying role in support of the country’s francophonie.

The MCCF member ministers meet annually to focus on various subjects related to the Canadian Francophonie and to engage in dialogue aimed at fostering the development of public policies to strengthen the country’s linguistic duality.

First and foremost, the MCCF promotes initiatives that increase and enhance services in French, thus providing a better quality of life for citizens and ensuring the vitality of the French language and Francophone cultures.

The Conference’s regular operations are administered by a network of provincial, territorial and federal public servants called the Intergovernmental Network on the Canadian Francophonie.