Economic Vitality

Education remains a challenge

Close to half of all Franco-Manitobans have either not completed or gone beyond their high school studies. However, more than 6,300 (16 percent) of them have gone to university, a proportion that is similar to the national average for Francophones and a bit higher than the provincial average for Anglophones.

The educational profile of Franco-Manitobans varies from one region to another. In the Francophone regions of rural Manitoba, there is a higher percentage of people who have not completed high school.
 

Education, 2006, Francophones 15 or older, Manitoba

Education, 2006, Francophones 15 or older, Manitoba

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Franco-Manitoban employment by industry


Franco-Manitobans are employed in a wide variety of sectors. They are particularly active in agriculture (5.8 percent) and manufacturing (7.1 percent).

They are also very active in the service sector – 34.5 percent of them work in public administration, education, health and social services. Many work in retail and wholesale trade and are involved in financial services, real estate and business services in the province. Finally, it should be noted that Manitoba's location at the center of the country accounts for the significant presence of Franco-Manitobans in the transportation industry.

Currently, 3,255 Francophones own a business or are selfemployed, representing 13 percent of the Franco-Manitoban workforce. Many business owners employ other people, thus providing work for Franco-Manitobans and other residents of the province.
 

Labour Force by Sector of Activity, 2006, Francophones, Manitoba

 
Number
%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
1,475
5.8%
Mining and oil and gas extraction
265
1.0%
Utilities
260
1.0%
Construction
1,580
6.2%
Manufacturing
1,825
7.1%
Wholesale Trade
830
3.2%
Retail Trade
1,785
7.0%
Transportation
1,535
6.0%
Information Industry
550
2.1%
Finance and Insurance
1,320
5.1%
Real Estate
305
1.2%
Professional Services
1,125
4.4%
Management of Companies
10
0.0%
Administrative Services
945
3.7%
Education Services
3,020
11.8%
Health Care
3,340
13.0%
Arts
595
2.3%
Accommodation
1,080
4.2%
Other services
1,170
4.6%
Public Administration
2,475
9.7%
All sectors
25,490
100.0%



Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Occupations


This overview of the economic vitality of the Franco-Manitoban community would be incomplete without a review of the occupations.

Three areas of occupation are dominant: finance, business and administration (21.4 percent of the Francophones of the province); sales and services (20.7 percent, a slight decrease) and trades, transportation and equipment operation (14.5 percent).
 

Labour Force by Occupation, 2006, Francophones, Manitoba

 
Number
%
Management
2,090
8.2%
Finance, business and administration
5,450
21.4%
Natural and applied sciences
1,140
4.5%
Health
1,620
6.4%
Social sciences, education and government services
2,860
11.2%
Arts and culture
800
3.1%
Sales and services
5,265
20.7%
Trades, transportation and equipment operation
3,700
14.5%
Primary industry occupations
1,655
6.5%
Manufacturing industries occupations
905
3.6%
All occupations
25,485
100.0%


Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Income


The average annual income of Franco-Manitobans for 2005 was $33,267, about $2,000 higher than the provincial average for the general population.

A bit more than half of all Franco-Manitobans have an annual income totalling less than $30,000 and one out of four Francophones earns less than $10,000. However, 12 percent of all Franco-Manitobans earn more than $60,000.
 

Total Individual Income, 2006, Francophones, Manitoba

Total Individual Income, 2006, Francophones, Manitoba

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

An overview of social economy in Manitoba


Source: Société franco-manitobaine

The first caisse populaire in Manitoba was established in 1937 in
St. Malo. Les Caisses du Manitoba control approximately $700 million
in consolidated assets; there are five different and autonomous caisses
as well as 22 branches serving over 30,000 members.

Since its creation in 1978 as a charitable foundation for Franco-Manitobans, Francofonds has distributed over $2,422,041 in funding ($158,623 in 2007 alone). Furthermore, the Conseil de développement économique des municipalités bilingues du Manitoba (CDEM) was established in 1996 by the Association des municipalités bilingues du Manitoba (AMBM), to stimulate, encourage, support and coordinate economic development in AMBM's member communities.