Geography

In 2006, the Franco-Manitoban community included 47 110 with French as their mother tongue. In total, 44 110 Franco-Manitobans have French as their first official language spoken, accounting for approximately 4 percent of the total population of the province. However, according to the census, 105,450 Manitobans know both official languages, accounting for 9.3 percent of the population.

Manitoba's Francophonie is mostly urban. Fully two-thirds of all Franco-Manitobans live in Winnipeg, while about a third live in villages or rural centres, concentrated in the south of the province. In fact, nearly 90 percent of Francophones live within one hour of the Manitoban capital.

More than half of the Francophones living in Winnipeg are found within the traditionally French-speaking neighbourhoods of Saint-Boniface, Saint-Vital and Saint-Norbert. Others live in villages and parishes founded by Francophones and today members of one of the 17 bilingual municipalities that make up the Association des municipalités bilingues du Manitoba (AMBM). There are however a few exceptions in regions more distant from Winnipeg.