Francophone Demographics

FLS

The French presence in Ontario dates back nearly 400 years to the establishment of the Mission of Sainte-Marie-Among-the-Hurons (Simcoe County) in 1639.
 
Like the general population of Ontario, the Franco-Ontarian communities are diverse and vibrant. For many years, it has welcomed Francophones from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Today, Francophone racial minorities represent 10% of the province’s Francophone population. Ontario is home to 611,500 Franco-Ontarians. 

Approximately 134,775 Francophones live in the North, which includes both the North West and the North East LHINs.


North West

Francophone Population North West

North West LHIN Sub-regions (IDNs)

Total Population

# of Francophones

% of Total 
 Population
Kenora

43,133

1,240

2.9 %

Rainy River

20,370

375

1.8 %

Northern

21,815

115

0.5 %

Thunder Bay District

18,089

2,345

13 %

City of Thunder Bay

127,715

3,530

2.7%

Total
 231,120  7,605 3.4%

North East

Francophone Population North East

Region / City

Total Population

# of Francophones

% of Total Population

Algoma

114,345

8,115

7.1%

Cochrane

80,220

37,185

46.6%

Manitoulin

12,835

395

3.1%

Nipissing

83,515

20,915

25%

Parry Sound

41,760

1,300

3.1%

Sudbury

21,090

5,625

26.7%

Temiskaming

32,105

7,990

24.9%

City of Greater Sudbury

158,805

45,735

28.8%

Total  544,675
 127,265
 23.4%