Education a challenge


A relatively high percentage of Saskatchewan's Francophone population did not complete high school (29.7 percent), but many Francophones have a trade school diploma. The percentage of Francophones who have gone to university (17 percent) is higher than the general provincial average.

This educational profile varies greatly from a region to the other. The percentage of Francophones without a high school degree is particularly high in the rural areas of Saskatchewan, reaching as much as 34 percent in the census division that includes the villages of Gravelbourg, Willow Bunch and Ponteix.



Education, 2006, Francophones 15 and older, 2006, Saskatchewan

Education, 2006, Francophones 15 and older, 2006, Saskatchewan

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Fransaskois employment sectors


Francophones in Saskatchewan work in a wide variety of sectors. They are significantly active in the production of goods, especially in agriculture (14.3 percent).

Francophones are also employed in large numbers in the public services; 32.7 percent of them work in public administration, education, health and social services. They are also active in wholesale and retail trade, as well as construction.

In Saskatchewan today, 1,720 francophones own their own business or are self-employed, representing 20 percent of the French-speaking work force. A large number of them employ other people, stimulating the provincial economy.
 

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

 
Number
%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
1,235
14.3%
Mining and oil and gas extraction
270
3.1%
Utilities
60
0.7%
Construction
490
5.7%
Manufacturing
310
3.6%
Wholesale Trade
265
3.1%
Retail Trade
675
7.8%
Transportation
395
4.6%
Information Industry
145
1.7%
Finance and Insurance
355
4.1%
Real Estate
125
1.5%
Professional Services
300
3.5%
Management of Companies
10
0.1%
Administrative Services
225
2.6%
Education Services
1,320
15.3%
Health Care
820
9.5%
Arts
165
1.9%
Accommodation
315
3.7%
Other services
430
5.0%
Public Administration
660
7.7%
All sectors
8,570
100.0%


Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Occupations


This profile of the economic vitality of Saskatchewan's Francophones would be incomplete without a review of their occupations. Four sectors clearly stand out: sales and services, which employ one out of five Francophone workers; the primary industry occupations support 14 percent of the labour force, the same percentage as the trades, transportation and equipment operation sector; finally, 1,230 Francophones are active in finance, business and administration, a sector where incomes are often high.
 

Labour Force by Occupation, 2006, Francophones, Saskatchewan

 
Number
%
Management
740
8.6%
Finance, business and administration
1,230
14.3%
Natural and applied sciences
395
4.6%
Health
420
4.9%
Social sciences, education and government services
1,145
13.3%
Arts and culture
220
2.6%
Sales and services
1,805
21.0%
Trades, transportation and equipment operation
1,245
14.5%
Primary industry occupations
1,230
14.3%
Manufacturing industries occupations
115
1.3%
All occupations
8,545
100.0%



Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Income


The average annual income of Saskatchewan's Francophones is $36,394, close to $5,000 higher than the provincial average.

A bit more than half of the province's Francophones earn less than $30,000, and one out of seven Francophones have an annual income under $10,000. However, 14 percent of them have an income exceeding $60,000.
 

Total Individual Income, 2006, Francophones, Saskatchewan

Total Individual Income, 2006, Francophones, Saskatchewan

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

The economy has grown wealthier since 2005


Saskatchewan turned a landmark page in its economic history in 2005 by becoming a wealthy province in its centennial year. The rise in the price of oil and the increase in demand for commodities has created a boom in several economic sectors. The business sector as well as the housing and services sectors all benefited from this.

In order to encourage entrepreneurship among Francophones, the Conseil de la Coopération de la Saskatchewan offers advising services to businesses and individuals and thus contributes to the development of the business sector. Every year, the Conseil engages in activities to familiarize Francophone youth with the business sector, and distributes awards to business people in recognition of a significant contribution within the community.

Action emplois SK is a job recruitment and placement service offered by the Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise, with offices in Ponteix, Prince Albert , Saskatoon , Regina and Bellevue . It offers support to businesses looking for skilled workers and helps individuals looking for employment. Action emplois SK also helps applicants adapt to their new environment and prepare for a new job.