Infographic: The French presence in British Columbia

The French presence in British Columbia. Details in text following the infographic.

Text version: The French Presence in British Columbia

  • From 2006 to 2016 there was an increase of:
    • 9% among people whose mother tongue is French (64,213 people)
    • 21% among people who speak French most often at home (21,219 people)
  • French is the first official language of 1.4% of the population (64,325 people)
  • 7% of the population (314,925 people) can speak both English and French

Education

  • Nearly 6,000 students were enrolled in French-language schools (2016-2017), a 25% increase over the past 5 years!
  • 40 French-language schools
  • 53,206 students are enrolled in French immersion (9.5% of eligible enrolment) (2016-2017)
  • French immersion enrolment has increased nearly 30% over the past 10 years.
  • 1/3 of public school students (173, 013) are enrolled in core French (2016-2017)
  • Simon Fraser University offers post-secondary education in French.

Where do Francophones live?

Economic Regions

  • Lower Mainland–Southwest: 58%
  • Vancouver Island and Coast: 20%
  • Thompson–Okanagan: 12%
  • Kootenay: 4%
  • Cariboo: 3%
  • Northeast: 1%
  • North Coast: 1%
  • Nechako: 1%

Where were they born?

  • In BC: 12%
  • Elsewhere in Canada: 59%
  • Abroad: 28%

Where were French-speaking immigrants born?

  • Europe: 50%
  • Asia: 22%
  • Africa: 18%
  • Americas: 10%
  • Oceania and other: 0%

Media

  • Newspaper: La Source
  • Radio: CILS FM 107.9 (Victoria) and Radio-Canada ICI Première and ICI Musique
  • Television: ICI Radio-Canada Télé and Unis TV

Celebrate!

March:

  • The Festival du Bois in Maillardville honours French-Canadian traditions and culture. It is the largest Francophone festival on Canada’s West Coast.

May:

  • Victoria’s Festival de la francophonie showcases local Francophone and francophile bands, Francophone artisans and community organizations.

June:

  • The Festival d’été francophone in Vancouver celebrates French-Canadian music and culture.

History

  • In 1793, six French-Canadian voyageurs, accompanied by Alexander Mackenzie, reached the Pacific.
  • By 1812, over 300 French Canadians were engaged in fur trading and farming.
  • Before the gold rush of 1858, French was the most spoken language in the west.
  • Quebec families arrived in 1909 and settled along the Fraser River east of Vancouver, which would become Maillardville.
  • The Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique was created in 1945, at a time when the province’s French-speaking community was establishing itself. Today, the Fédération continues to represent the community’s interests in British Columbia.
  • The Franco-Columbian flag was adopted in 1982.
  • The Legislative Assembly has recognized Franco-Columbians’ education rights since 1997.

Sources

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Date modified:
2018-06-13