Last week, the Halifax Regional Municipality began installing the first of more than 150 bilingual stop signs around institutions in the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) school board.
The decision to implement the signs in March aligns with the observance of Francophonie Month, which celebrates the French language and diverse Francophone cultures, both locally and globally. The municipality aims to have most of the signs installed by March 20, to mark International Francophonie Day.
In July 2022, regional council provided direction to support the installation project, including endorsing community or group applications to the province’s bilingual stop signs program.
According to the municipality, the direction extends the reach of the program to encompass signage in communities, neighbourhoods, or areas near facilities on municipal roads which are able to demonstrate the importance of Acadian culture and history, and/or the importance of the French language, to their social, linguistic, and cultural identity.