Profile of Ontario's Francophone Community
The diversity of Ontario's Francophone community is highlighted in a new statistical report by the Ontario government and Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).
- Ontario is home to close to 600,000 Francophones. In 2006, the total population of the Francophone community was 582,695, an increase of 4,545 people since 2001.
- One in every twenty people in Ontario is a Francophone.
- The Francophone community is older compared to Ontario overall - proportionately there are more seniors 65 years and over and fewer people under 35 years.
- The large majority of Francophones (81.2 per cent) live in the 25 areas designated under the French Language Services Act.
Mobility and Place of Birth
- Three out of five Francophones were born in Ontario and one in five was born in Quebec.
- About 14 percent of Ontario Francophones were born outside of Canada.
- Twenty-two percent of all Francophone immigrants arrived between 2001 and 2006, a greater percentage than among the general population.
- The majority of Francophones in Ontario speak French most often at home (55 percent).
- Over two-thirds of Francophones use French at work.
- In 2006, Francophones in Ontario had higher average and median employment incomes than the overall population across all regions.
- The wage gap between Francophone women and men was smaller than for Ontario overall.
- In 2006, a lower percentage of Francophones in Ontario were living below the low-income cut-off compared to the overall population, but there are significant regional variations. There were a higher proportion of Francophones living in Central Ontario, and in particular Toronto, living below the low-income cut-off compared to the general population.