Francophones in Ontario
The face of Ontarian society is continually being transformed by successive waves of immigration. In 2006, Ontario was home to more than half of Canada’s visible minority population. The Franco-Ontarian community is no different. It has a high proportion of recent immigrants. According to Census data from Statistics Canada, of the 13,5 million people in Ontario, 611, 500 identify as Francophone. That’s close to 5% of the population. The data also show that14% of Francophone was born outside of Canada, mainly in Europe and Africa.
Another important factor in the rise of the number of Francophone is linked to the adoption, in 2009, of the expanded Inclusive Definition of Francophones (IDF) which added 50, 000 more identified Francophone. This definition is based on three variables: mother tongue(s), knowledge of official languages, and language(s) spoken at home. Consequently, the IDF includes not only people whose mother tongue is French but also individuals whose mother tongue is neither English nor French (allophones) but who have particular knowledge of French as an official language and use it at home. For example, under the DIF, a Moroccan family that speaks Arabic and French at home is considered Francophone. In addition, there is the growing proportion of exogamous couples, i.e. those composed of one Anglophone parent and one Francophone parent, and young people who increasingly identify and describe themselves as bilingual.
I invite you to read and circulate in your network this infographic which illustrates the French presence in Ontario.