Since 1989, the AMBM has served as the voice for bilingual municipal governments in Manitoba.

The AMBM’s bilingual municipalities regroup official language minority communities, where the use of French is recognized as an added value, both economically and culturally.

Defending the interests of its members at the provincial and national levels, the AMBM includes, in addition to the City of Winnipeg, the fourteen rural bilingual municipalities in Manitoba. These are mainly distributed within a radius of about 100 kilometers from the provincial capital.

The Board of Directors of the AMBM is composed of fifteen members, one representative appointed by each member municipal entity, and a representative of the municipal administrators. An eligible representative may be an elected municipal official or a municipal administrator, at the member municipality’s discretion.

The Board meets quarterly to discuss policy positions on key municipal issues and to develop and implement strategies promoting the development of their communities.

Our Vision

Strong bilingual municipalities, recognized for their dynamic leadership in economic development and innovation. A strong local governance, benefiting from support and the necessary resources to build proud, sustainable and vibrant communities.

Our Mission

As a catalyst for development, prosperity and the sustainability of bilingual communities in Manitoba, the AMBM acts as an effective political and strategic leader to regroup, support and represent a strong and united municipal governance.

Our Values

  • Commitment and conviction

    We understand the needs and expectations of our members and act accordingly to meet or exceed them. We inspire and exercise sound and effective governance. We create a synergy between all stakeholders to achieve common objectives to benefit our communities.
  • Bilingual Identity

    We celebrate the French language as an added value in bilingualism, a desired skill, and an undeniable asset to the social, cultural and economic life of our communities.
  • Leadership

    We actively lead strategic, relevant and innovative actions in order to inspire and influence the future of bilingual municipalities in Manitoba, and to ensure their prosperity and sustainability.

Our History

1870

Manitoba enters into Canadian Confederation. The Manitoba Act of 1870 guarantees to ensure the protection and preservation of linguistic duality.

1890

The Official Language Act abolishes the official status of French in the Legislature and the courts in Manitoba.

1967

The Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism states the critical role of Canadian municipalities in official languages.

1969

Canada’s Official Languages Act passes and comes into force providing federal support for Francophone minority communities outside of Québec.

1979

The Supreme Court of Canada rules that the 1890 statute abolishing the official status of French in the Legislature and the courts is unconstitutional in Manitoba. As a result, French regains its official status in the legislative and judicial branches of government.

1982

Coming into force of the Canadian Chartier of Rights and Freedoms. The Charter guarantees bilingualism in federal legislative and judicial bodies and in the area of federal government services.

1986

First meeting held in Saint-Jean-Baptiste, presided by Albert St-Hilaire, to discuss the challenges local administrators face in the delivery of municipal services in both official languages.

A provisional committee is established. It is composed of bilingual municipal leaders.

1987

The Secretary of State conducts a series of consultations with all municipalities with minority Francophone communities. The report finds a lack of support to deliver French-language services to the public at the municipal level. It recommends the eventual formation of a provincial association of bilingual elected officials and the promotion of the adoption of language policies by municipalities.

1988

The coming into force of Canada’s new Official Languages Act makes Canadian municipalities full partners in the promotion of bilingualism.

1989

The tabling of the French Language Services Policy in the Legislature introduces the concept of designated bilingual areas in Manitoba. 

Bilingual municipal leaders adopt their first constitution during a deliberative assembly of approximately 70 members, thus creating the Association of Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities. A new Board of Directors is elected: Gérald Grenier of Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Gabriel Catellier of De Salaberry, Guy Lévesque of Sainte-Anne, Marc Lussier of Saint-Pierre-Jolys, and Guy Savoie of Winnipeg.

1994

In order to consolidate its efforts and to develop its economic strength built on the added value of bilingualism, the AMBM commissions a study entitled “Réconcilier langue et économie : Étude sur le développement économique dans les municipalités bilingues du Manitoba”. The study becomes the road map in the development of a plan for economic growth in each bilingual municipality.

1995

The AMBM is officially incorporated.

The AMBM publishes its first global economic growth strategy entitled “Vision globale, action locale”. It sets out the establishment of a coordination agency for community economic development.

1996

The AMBM creates its own economic development driver for Manitoba’s bilingual municipalities. The Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (CDEM) is born.

1998

Judge Richard Chartier updates the French Language Services Policy. Moving forward, Manitoba’s designated bilingual areas will be aligned with its bilingual municipalities.

2002

Opening of the first bilingual service centres in Manitoba, both in rural and urban settings.

2003

The AMBM becomes a member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)—the voice of Canada’s local governments. The voice of Manitoba’s bilingual municipal leadership is heard at the national level.

2004

Beginning of an enduring partnership with the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM). The AMBM is granted observer and fraternal member status.

2014

Beginning of a series of community consultations as part of the Estates General of Manitoba’s Francophone community. Participants particularly talk about the importance of an active offer of French-language services at the municipal level. The AMBM is actively involved.

2016

Coming into force of the Francophone Community Enhancement and Support Act providing a framework for strengthening the vitality of Manitoba’s Francophone community and supporting and assisting its development.

Adoption of the Strategic Plan for Manitoba’s Francophone Community: Together towards 2035. The AMBM begins to work towards its implementation with community leaders.

2017

The AMBM creates its own environmental development agency operating nationwide. Éco-West Canada (EWC) is born.

2018

The AMBM advocates for the modernization of the Official Languages Act to ensure that the role that Canadian municipalities play in supporting and developing the vitality of official language minority communities is taken into account.

Our Executive

Justin Johnson

Chief Executive Officer

Our Board of Directors

  • Ivan Normandeau

    President and councillor for the Rural Municipality of La Broquerie
  • Justin Bohémier

    Vice-President and mayor of the Rural Municipality of Taché
  • Conrad Durand

    Secretary and member of the Local Urban District of Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes
  • Lilliane Sorin

    Treasurer and representative of the municipal administrative officers
  • Raymond Maynard

    Director and mayor of the Village of Saint-Pierre-Jolys
  • Cheryl Smith

    Director and mayor of the Rural Municipality of Saint-Laurent
  • Richard Pelletier

    Director and mayor of the Town of Sainte-Anne
  • Angelo Fouillard

    Director and councillor for the Rural Municipality of Ellice-Archie
  • Diane Dubé

    Director and councillor for the Rural Municipality of Alexander
  • Paul Gilmore

    Director and councillor for the Rural Municipality of Montcalm
  • Paul Desrosiers

    Director by proxy for the Town of Powerview-Pine Falls
  • Chris Ewen

    Director and mayor of the Rural Municipality of Ritchot
  • André Carbonneau

    Director and councillor for the Rural Municipality of De Salaberry
  • Mathieu Allard

    Director and councillor for the City of Winnipeg
  • Gaétan Talbot

    Director and member of the Local Urban District of Saint-Léon
  • Vacant

    Director and member of the Local Urban District of Somerset