Francophone Community: Champlain

Located in Eastern Ontario - Champlain is home to the province's largest Francophone community - over a quarter million peoplefamily jpg

The Champlain area1 has the largest Francophone community in Ontario. Between 2001 and 2006, this community grew by 3.6% to a total of 226,465 people.  While growing, the pace is lower than for Champlain's' overall population. Meanwhile, Francophones in Champlain are increasingly diverse. In 2006, one out of ten were born outside Canada and nearly as many identified as a member of a visible minority. Nearly all visible minority Francophones in Champlain live in Ottawa. In addition, the proportion of Francophones using French at work (86.4%) is notably higher in Champlain compared to other areas of the province. The complete Champlain Francophone Community Profile includes population, labour force, education and income information.

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Community Highlights

  • The Francophone community is older and is aging more quickly compared to Champlain overall.
  • Francophones are less likely to have completed university but slightly more likely to have an apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma than Champlain overall.
  • While Francophones earn slightly more than the general population in Champlain, there are substantial income gaps for those Francophones who identify as a visible minority. At the time of the census, visible minority Francophones in Champlain earned about 40% less than Francophones overall.
  • One out of five Francophone immigrants in Champlain arrived recently—between 2001 and 2006. While historically immigration was largely from Europe, increasingly it is from countries in Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean.