Francophone Diversity

Roots in Ontario and elsewhere


More than half of the Francophones in Ontario were born in Ontario, giving the Franco-Ontarian population a strong connection to the province. People born elsewhere in Canada make up 25.4% of the population, contributing to the ties they maintain with the Francophone communities across the country. From 1996 to 2006, the percentage of Francophones born outside Canada rose from 4.8% to 16.6%, showing that the international Francophone community is playing an ever-greater role within Ontario's Francophone communities.
 

Place of Birth, 2006, Francophones, Ontario

Place of Birth, 2006, Francophones, Ontario

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

An increasingly diverse community


Ontario attracts 70% of the Francophone immigrants who have chosen Canada's Francophone minority communities as their place of residence, with a strong representation of immigrants from the Caribbean, the Middle East and Africa. The Francophonie in large cities is diversified, with 31,800 immigrants in Toronto having French as their first official language spoken, nearly 29% of the total Francophone population of Toronto. This number is 2,505 in Hamilton (19.7% of the Francophone population) and 23,340 in Ottawa (14.3%).

The scale of Francophone immigration to Ontario is both a challenge and an opportunity for the Francophone community, specifically for the numerous French-language schools where Francophones born to immigrant parents constitute a large group.
 

Francophone Immigrants, 2006, Ontario

Francophone Immigrants, 2006, Ontario

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.

A recent phenomenon


Over 40 percent of the Francophone immigrants currently living in Ontario arrived after 1996. A significant proportion of recent immigrants are from Africa, whereas European immigrants have generally been settled in Canada for a longer period.
 

Francophone Immigrants by Immigration Period, Ontario

Francophone Immigrants by Immigration Period, Ontario

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census