Francophone Diversity

A solidly rooted population


Two-thirds of the Acadian population in Prince Edward Island were born in the province. People who were born elsewhere in Canada make up about 27% of the population, most coming from other Atlantic provinces. Barely 3% of Francophones in the province were born outside Canada, a percentage that remains low even though it is increasing. The Acadian and Francophone community of the Island is therefore deeply rooted, which is reflected in its sense of belonging and identity.
 

Place of Birth, 2006, Francophones, Prince Edward Island

Place of Birth, 2006, Francophones, Prince Edward Island

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

A community that is attempting to diversify


Fewer than 200 immigrants have settled since 1961: their presence is modest to say the least. It seems that only Charlottetown has been able to attract Francophone immigrants over the last few years. With regard to the efforts being made to convince families to settle in Prince Edward Island, it has been observed that the net positive migration is largely Anglophone, or at least does not favour Francophones. The bar has therefore been set extremely high to support initiatives such as the Coopérative d'intégration francophone de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard.
 

Francophone Immigrants, 2006, Prince Edward Island

Francophone Immigrants, 2006, Prince Edward Island

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.

An organized community


The Acadian and Francophone community of Prince Edward Island now has a major immigration reception, awareness and promotion tool. Founded in 2008, the Coopérative d'intégration francophone de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard has a mandate to develop host programs for Francophone immigrants and immigration awareness activities for the rest of the population. Through socio-educational activities, the Coopérative, with its many community partners, aims to bring Francophone Islanders, young and old, and newcomers together. The awareness activities can be grouped into two main categories: awareness in communities and awareness in schools.
 

Francophone Immigrants by Immigration Period, Prince Edward Island

Francophone Immigrants by Immigration Period, Prince Edward Island

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census