Francophone Diversity

A population with strong roots


Two out of three Nova Scotia francophones were born in the province. Those born elsewhere in Canada - most of them in the other Atlantic provinces - account for close to 30 percent of the population. Close to 5 percent of Nova Scotia's francophones are immigrants, a significant increase since the last census.

The Acadian community is thus deeply rooted within Nova Scotia, which is reflected in their sense of belonging and identity.
 

Place of Birth, 2006, Francophones, Nova Scotia

Place of Birth, 2006, Francophones, Nova Scotia

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

An Acadian community that is starting to diversify


Nova Scotia attracts only 1.2 percent of all francophone immigrants who chose to live in French-speaking communities outside Quebec. Half of them are Europeans. Another quarter comes from Asian countries, mostly from the Middle East.

Moreover, close to 1,900 who have French as their first spoken official language say they have aboriginal roots.
 

Francophone Immigrants, 2006, Nova Scotia

Francophone Immigrants, 2006, Nova Scotia

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


Fully 39 percent of all Francophone immigrants arrived in the province after 1996. There is a steady increase in the number of French-speaking immigrants in Nova Scotia, which suggests that the community will become more and more diverse.

The Acadian and Francophone community of Nova Scotia has made immigration one of its priorities in order to ensure its vitality and demographic growth. The community has developed an immigration program with three main goals:
 

  • Increase the number of French-speaking newcomers who choose to settle in Nova Scotia;

  • Help these newcomers integrate both into the province and more specifically the Acadian and Francophone community;

  • Increase the ability of Nova Scotia's Acadian and Francophone communities to receive and integrate newcomers.

The Programme d'immigration francophone is administered by the Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse (FANE) with the support of a steering committee, the members of which represent the following organizations:
 


The Programme d'immigration de la communauté acadienne et francophone de la Nouvelle-Écosse receives funding from the governments of Nova Scotia and Canada.
 

Francophone Immigrants by Immigration Period, Nova Scotia

Francophone Immigrants by Immigration Period, Nova Scotia

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census