Francophone Community: Toronto

Increasingly diverse and multi-cultural - Francophones in Toronto are moving beyond their traditional roots

volunteer reading to children jpgOntario is home to more than half a million Francophones - and about one in ten live in Toronto. Though comprising a small proportion of the city's total population, Toronto has 53,375 Francophone people. This makes it one of the largest Francophone communities in Ontario. Like the city overall, Toronto's Francophone community is increasingly diverse. In 2006, nearly one out of three Francophones in Toronto were members of a visible minority group. In addition, more than half of all Francophones who moved to Toronto between 2001 and 2006 came from countries outside of Canada. The complete Toronto Francophone Community Profile includes population, labour force, education and income information. 

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Community Highlights

  • Despite the comparably large Francophone community in Toronto, the total number of Francophones decreased slightly by 1,310 people between 2001 and 2006.
  • Highly educated, Francophones in Toronto earn more income than Torontonians generally.
  • The use of French at home has increased slightly in the last five years but fewer than half of Toronto's Francophones use French at work.
  • One out of four Francophone immigrants in Toronto arrived between 2001 and 2006. While historically immigration was largely from European countries, increasingly it is from countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
  • Slightly fewer Francophones live below the low-income cut-off compared to Torontonians in total.