About

Our family of services is at your family’s service. Le Carrefour francophone is your cultural and community centre in Greater Sudbury. We oversee ten early childhood centres, five Tremplins (before and after school programs), cultural summer camps, the Clé de Sol music school and concerts presented under La Slague and La Slague jeunesse for families. We provide the good life. Want some?

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Mission and vision

Our mission
Ensuring the vitality, the dissemination and the transmission of our French language and culture.

Our vision
Carrefour francophone achieves high standards of excellence in education and culture through appealing, innovative, inclusive and rewarding programs that invigorate the community and bolster its Francophone dimension.

We are recognized as a builder and a lead resident organization of Place des Arts.

Our Branding

A Carrefour can be many things. It’s a meeting spot, an intersection where many avenues meet. It’s a plate to exchange and transform, a focal point. It’s also a sandbox to learn, grow and celebrate. It’s your first point of contact for three essential services: support for Francophone and Francophile families, cultural dissemination, and community gatherings.

A brief history of Carrefour francophone

Founded in 1950 under the name Centre des jeunes de Sudbury, Carrefour francophone is the oldest cultural centre in French Ontario.

For decades, Centre des jeunes was a wellspring of cultural and social activities in Sudbury, in particular for Francophone youth. It served as a hub for a wide array of cultural, educational, sporting and social activities that attracted large numbers of active members.

In the 1990s, Carrefour francophone became a provider of family-oriented services. Through its Tremplin program (“tremplin” is the French word for springboard), it fills a major need for French-language children’s services in Greater Sudbury.

Since 2005, a wave of renewal has again brought Carrefour francophone to the forefront of Greater Sudbury’s cultural and social scene, particularly with the creation of 9 early learning centres, 26 arts-themed summer camps (for both Francophone and immersion students), services in Sudbury East (2 early learning centres, 3 Tremplins, 2 summer camps) and the remarkable resurgence of La Slague, Greater Sudbury’s Francophone event promoter and festival organizer (La Nuit émergente, French Fest).

Over the course of 13 seasons with over 200 concerts and performances, La Slague has won many awards and is considered by its peers as one of the foremost event organizers in French Ontario.

Since 2013, Carrefour francophone’s La Slague jeunesse has developed modern and dynamic cultural programming tailored to the needs of young children, mixed-language families and early learning based on play and discovery. In 2018, Carrefour francophone became the first organization outside of Quebec to join the Petits Bonheurs network and organized in 2019 the first edition of Festival Petits Bonheurs Nouvel-Ontario.

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Strategic development

Carrefour francophone’s growth is guided by its strategic development plan for 2017-2020. In addition to its role as the lead organization for the Place des Arts project and the ongoing expansion of its Children’s Services, Carrefour francophone strives to be a rallying organization and to be ever more accessible to the Greater Sudbury community.

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