Annual Report 2017-2018

Looking ahead, getting ready

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2. Education and qualifications

Forty-six percent of the non-immigrant Francophone population do not have a certificate, diploma or university degree. This proportion is 28.9% among the Francophone immigrant population and 31% among new Francophone immigrants.29 Furthermore, 14.8% of the Francophone immigrant population are facing a low-income situation compared with 7.6% of the non-immigrant Francophone population, which is very worrying.

On another note, 43.8% of foreign students who obtain a study permit in Canada come to Ontario.30 Of those, between 2004 and 2015, 2.1% came from a country where French is an official language.31 During this same period, the number of study-permit holders coming from a Francophone country went from 930 to 1,900. The two main countries where those permit holders came from were France (21%) and Cameroon (12%). After Quebec, Ontario is the favorite destination for Francophone immigrants. Moreover, Ontario is the province with the greatest number of students from Burundi, Rwanda and Togo. This information is relevant when thinking about where to target future promotional efforts.

  1. For more details on fields of study of Francophone immigrants, see the appendices.
  2. Supra note 14, p. 72.
  3. Language data are not available for foreign students. The country of origin variable is therefore the most relevant.

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