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Association des francophones de Kitchener-Waterloo (AFKW)

P.O. Box 1028
Waterloo, Ontario
N2J 4S1

Our association's charter outlines four (4) main purposes:1) Enhance the cultural and linguistic development of the francophone* population of Kitchener-Waterloo Region.2) Organize cultural, linguistic, educational and sports activities for the francophone community.3) Represent the francophones of the Region with the various levels of government.4) Encourage, put forward and promoter the francophone culture and the services in French in the Region. *Note - By French speaker we include every person who speaks French.Every year since 2004, the AFKW organizes a wide variety of activities for French speakers and francophiles living in the Waterloo Region. Last years, more than 70 opportunities were organized for our members and the broader French community in the region. Each activity is unique in the region by its French-speaking character and allows a visibility of the French-speaking community as well as a culture sharing with the English-speaking majority. According to Statistics Canada, more than 9000 French speakers live within the limits of Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge and Guelph. Furthermore, about 1400 children attend French-speaking schools in the region, and 500 children are in the bilingual school, while another 7000are in the French immersion program of the Waterloo Region District School Board (grade 1 to 12, school year 2012-2013). The AFKW has something unique to offer not only to the French community but also to the numerous people (youths and adults) who are learning French.The proposed activities are diverse in order to interest people of all ages, any origin, and religion. Every year, we organize sport activities, as well as educational, social, cultural, and artistic activities. For example, several clubs encompassing a wide variety of interests are active within the AFKW. These include a book club, a cooking club, Scrabble, and an outdoor activity club. The AFKW publishes a monthly newsletter (1,500 copies available free of charge) to keep in touch with the community and to promoto French activities and services in the region, and maintain a website ( We also organize family cultural shows, a Christmas party for families, movie nights, chess tournament for kids, dances and the annual Franco-fête / St-Jean festival etc.