Francophone Diversity

A community with strong roots...


Nine out of ten Acadians and Francophones in New Brunswick were born in the province. Those born elsewhere in Canada make up just 9% of the population; the majority of them came from Quebec and the other Maritime provinces. There are relatively few immigrants. The Acadian community of New Brunswick is one with very strong roots, and this is reflected in its sense of identity and belonging.
 

Place of Birth of Francophones, 2006, New Brunswick

Place of Birth of Francophones, 2006, New Brunswick

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

A community that is starting to diversify


According to 2001 data, over 3650 French-speaking immigrants had elected to settle in New Brunswick's. They accounted for 2.7% of all immigrants who have chosen to settle in Canada's Francophone and Acadian minorities. Almost half of them came from the United States. Francophone immigration to New Brunswick represents both an opportunity and a challenge for the Acadian community.

In addition, nearly 4,100 people with French as their mother tongue reported that they had an Aboriginal identity.
 

Francophone Immigrants, 2006, New Brunswick

Francophone Immigrants, 2006, New Brunswick

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Note: These are people who have been granted immigrant status in Canada, whose first known official language is French.

Continuing migration


In total, 29% of Francophone immigrants to the province arrived after 1996. Immigration has increased in recent years, and receiving newcomers has become a priority for both the provincial government and the Acadian and Francophone community.
 

Francophone Immigrants by Immigration Period, New Brunswick

Francophone Immigrants by Immigration Period, New Brunswick

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census