Francophone Diversity

A population born elsewhere...


More than half of the Francophones in Newfoundland and Labrador were born outside the province. Most of those born elsewhere in Canada are from Quebec. There are also a small number of people born outside the country.
 

Place of birth, 2006, Francophones, Newfoundland and Labrador

<strong>Place of birth, 2006, Francophones, Newfoundland and Labrador</strong>

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

A community that is starting to diversify


Newfoundland and Labrador is home to 255 immigrants with French as their first spoken official language. Furthermore, close to 1,130 members of First Nations speak French.

Between 2001 and 2006, the province received over 1,400 newcomers, including approximately 55 Francophones. These immigrants mostly settled in the St. John's census metropolitan area (CMA), which accounts for over 1,000 newcomers including 50 Francophones. Labrador City welcomed 20 newcomers, none of them Francophone. Finally, the Port au Port region received no newcomers.
 

Francophone Immigrants, 2006, Newfoundland and Labrador

Francophone Immigrants, 2006, Newfoundland and Labrador

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


A total of 22% of all immigrants with French as their first spoken official language arrived in the province after 2001. We may be seeing a diversification of Francophone immigration in the province.
 

Francophone Immigrants by Immigration Period, Newfoundland and Labrador

Francophone Immigrants by Immigration Period, Newfoundland and Labrador

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Welcoming newcomers


Osez Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador !

A promotional videodisk called Osez Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador! was released in 2008 by the Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador (FFTNL) in partnership with the Conseil scolaire francophone provincial (CSFP) and the Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador. This video showcases the possibilities offered by the province in terms of stimulating careers, a high-level education system, community vitality and the quality of life in the Francophone and Acadian regions. The video aims to attract Francophones from Canada and elsewhere to come and work in the province and contribute to the development of the community. This video is available at http://www.francotnl.ca/Osez-TNL, a web portal for Newfoundland and Labrador's Francophone community.

Guide des nouveaux arrivants (guide for newcomers)

FFTNL also took the initiative of developing a guide for newcomers in order to facilitate their integration into their new community. This guide offers several resources to help newcomers settle; whether it is help in finding a place to live, a good school or a job. The 2008-2009 edition of the Guide des nouveaux arrivants is available at http://www.francotnl.ca/GNA.

In addition, the provincial government's Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism launched a bilingual webportal called Immigrate to Newfoundland and Labrador (http://www.nlimmigration.ca).