While French is one of the two official languages in Canada, British Columbia is an Anglophone province. Most services, businesses and infrastructure (public transport, urban display) use only English as the language of communication.
English is primarily spoken in British Columbia and as such, you must be prepared to speak and understand the language in order to go shopping, take public transportation and to pass interview processes. If you are a permanent resident, you may benefit from free English classes (write us to find out more on this topic).
However, it is estimated that British Columbia has about 300,000 Francophones and Francophiles. Therefore, it is possible to make French-speaking friends! In addition, many organizations and associations provide support to French-speaking residents in their daily lives. They also promote Francophonie throughout British Columbia.