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Social Locations – French-language

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French-speaking, or Francophone, communities are a diverse group representing more than just language. In Toronto, French-language people are part of an official language minority community [1]. Francophones make up 4.7% of the Ontario population and Toronto is home to 10% of Ontario’s Francophone population. Almost 45% of Francophone newcomers arrive from Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East compared to 37%; more than half of the Francophone youth in Toronto identified as visible minorities [2][3].

Francophone communities have unique rights and needs related to maintaining their language and culture. These factors are related to accessing culturally-appropriate services, which impact the well-being of Francophone communities. The French Language Services Act ensures that provincial government services are offered in French in designated areas across the province with significant numbers of Franco-Ontarian residents, including Toronto. The reasons for the legislation is that French language is considered an historic and honoured language in Ontario, French is an official language in Canada, and the Act recognizes the contribution of the cultural heritage of the French speaking population and wishes to preserve it for future generations [4].


  1. Government of Canada (2013). Communities: What is an official language minority community (OLMCs)? Retrieved February 19, 2020, from
  2. Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages (2019, June 4). Infographic: The French Presence in Ontario. Retrieved February 19, 2020, from
  3. Government of Ontario (2020, January 17). Profile of the Francophone population in Ontario – 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2020, from
  4. French Language Services Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. F.32. Retrieved from