Ontario Trillium Foundation uses long-form census data to
highlight aging community and increasing diversity
TORONTO, Aug. 9 /CNW/ -
Five new regional reports released today detail the
demographic trends of Ontario's Francophone community in Toronto and
targeted regions in Eastern, Northeastern and Southwestern Ontario.
Customized to reflect the Francophone community's unique circumstances
and regional characteristics, the five reports provide a snapshot of the
trends at play within the community between 2001 and 2006. They use the
new inclusive definition of Francophone and reflect the most robust and
accurate census information currently available.
Collectively, the five statistical reports highlight that:
The Francophone community is increasingly diverse. In Toronto, it
mirrors more and more the diversity of the city with one in three
Francophones belonging to a visible minority. That ratio is 9 per cent
in Champlain and 6.8 per cent in Southwestern Ontario.
The Francophone community in Northeastern and Southwestern Ontario is
decreasing and faces challenges due to its aging population and a
proportionately low number of children and youth.
The Champlain region is home to the province's largest Francophone
community, with over a quarter million people. While Francophones earn
slightly more than other Champlain residents, there are substantial
income gaps for visible minority Francophones.
Although Francophones are a small proportion of the city's total
population, Toronto has one of the largest Francophone communities in
Ontario with more than 53,000 Francophone residents.
Over 66 per cent of Ontario's Francophones use French at work. This
proportion is notably higher in Champlain with 86.4 per cent.
"These latest reports are an essential tool to boost the impact of our
grants, allowing us to be strategic on how funds are allocated and
priorities are set to best support Ontario's communities.
We are pleased to have been able to use the information provided by the
long-form census from Statistics Canada. Our Foundation and indeed
Ontario's communities and not-for-profit sector rely on this unique
source of information about populations, languages, employment, income
and education at the community level."
- L. Robin Cardozo, CEO, Ontario Trillium Foundation
"In a region as diverse and changing as ours, data on local demographic,
social and economic trends matter a lot. This latest research by the
Foundation will benefit greatly Champlain's Francophone community, the
largest in the province."
- Gérald Samson, outgoing Chair, Champlain Grant Review Team, Ontario
The five regional profiles cover the following geographical areas:
In 2009, OTF and the Office of Francophone Affairs released jointly a
provincial statistical overview Profile
of Ontario's Francophone Community.
Research conducted at the Foundation's Knowledge Sharing Centre is part
of OTF's ongoing efforts to build healthy and vibrant communities, by
collecting and disseminating current statistical information about
A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation
strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in
community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF
builds healthy and vibrant communities.
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