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The final word on the 15th Rendez-vous de la Francophonie: A tremendous success!

Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue


The time has come for the organizers to tally up the 15th edition of Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF), the sweeping national celebration of La Francophonie that ran from March 8 to 24, 2013. Right across the country, Francophones and Francophiles from every culture came together to celebrate La Joie de vivre through more than 1,500 activities or events, including more than 200 viewings organized by the National Film Board in 73 cities located in every province and territory. This set the record for the RVF, a clear reflection of the strength of Canada's Francophone communities.

The Executive Director of the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue, Guy Matte, who launched the RVF, indicated that he was truly satisfied with this 15th edition. "I am particularly delighted by the fact that Canada's Francophone communities and Francophile associations are becoming more and more dynamic, and that their interest in this national campaign is growing. We have managed to raise interest in every community, including among Anglophones, a great many of whom entered our different contests this year. Our Facebook following rose from 12,000 to 22,000. All of this is terrific news for the cause of dialogue between Canada's communities, and for the promotion of La Francophonie in Canada."

RVF comedy gala in collaboration with Just for Laughs!

The new collaboration with Just for Laughs and the choice of comedians Boucar Diouf and Cathy Jones as the spokespersons were definitely instrumental in the success of the RVF's 2013 edition. The Gala des Rendez vous de la Francophonie comedy tour visited four provinces in February and March, hitting Moncton, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Ottawa, to the tremendous delight of Francophone and Francophile communities in these provinces. The tour also gave Radio-Canada the opportunity to film special episodes in each province, which were aired between March 20 and 23 to mark Journée internationale de la Francophonie.


A number of contests were organized for the public as part of this 15th edition of the RVF. Congratulations to the winners:

  • The winner of the Drôles de Rendez-vous comedy skits contest run in partnership with Air Canada and Just for Laughs was Benoît Bouffard, from Quebec City.
  • The winner of the Écris-moi sans fautes ($1,000) spelling contest was Sarah Danis, from Val d'Or, Quebec.
  • The winner of the Joie de vivre ($500) contest was the Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver.
  • The winner of the VIA RAIL contest ($2,500 credit) was Jean Trottier, from Ontario.

Please note that the RVF could not exist without the indispensable contributions by its invaluable partners. A special thanks to Canadian Heritage, the Secrétariat aux affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes du Québec, Air Canada, the Just for Laughs Group, NAV Canada, the National Film Board, Ontario's Office of Francophone Affairs, the Association canadienne d'éducation de langue française, La Cité collégiale, Parks Canada, Canada Post, VIA Rail, the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada and its members, the University of Ottawa, the Conseil national de formation en santé, the Language Portal of Canada, the Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie Britannique, Manitoba's Francophone Affairs Secretariat, Radio-Canada, TFO, TV5, the Association des universités de la francophonie canadienne, Canada's Francophone and Francophile school boards, the provincial coordinators, the promoters in Quebec, and every association and organization that helped organize the RVF gala in their province.

The next edition of the RVF will run from March 7 to 23, 2014.

Since 2005, Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie has been organized by the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue. This annual event built around Journée internationale de la Francophonie showcases initiatives by Francophones and Francophiles across the country. The Foundation works to promote and sustain dialogue and bring together Francophone and Acadian communities and the many different components of Canadian society.