Geography

In 2006, British Columbia's Francophone community included 70,410 people with French as their first spoken official language. These Francophones represent 1.7 percent of the total population of the province.

Francophones are found in every part of British Columbia. By far the greatest number are concentrated in the Vancouver Census Metropolitan Area (54 percent of British Columbia's Francophones). Over 38,000 of them are spread across the various municipalities that make up the metropolitan area, including Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, North Vancouver, West Vancouver and Coquitlam (which includes Maillardville). Another concentration is found in the different communities of the Greater Victoria area, where 6,445 residents have French as their first spoken official language - accounting for 9 percent of the province's Francophones. The remaining Francophones in the province are spread throughout the other divisions. There are cultural centres in Kelowna, Prince George, Nanaimo, Powell River, Kamloops, Comox, Campbell River, Kootenay Ouest and Kitimat. The urban area of Abbotsford also attracts many Francophones and accounts for 3 percent of the French-speaking population of the province.

Nowhere in British Columbia do Francophones constitute a significant percentage of the population. They represent only a very small minority in the Vancouver and Victoria metropolitan areas - respectively 1.8 and 2 percent. Their numbers are just as small in other localities; in the part of Coquitlam where the old village of Maillardville was located, they now account for only 2.3 percent of the population. The city of Surrey has the highest concentration of Francophones (5,365).