Francophone Seniors

In 2001, Francophones aged 65 years and over in Ontario accounted for 5.3% of the total Ontario population aged 65 years and over, and 13.8% of the province’s total Francophone population.

Francophones 65 years and over live primarily in the regions of Eastern Ontario (38.5%), Northeastern Ontario (27.0%) and Central Ontario (23.9%).

Women make up 57.4% of the Francophone population 65 years and over.

In Ontario as a whole, 33.3% of Francophone seniors are between 65 and 69 years of age, 28.2% are between 70 and 74, 21.3% are between 75 and 79, 11,2% are between 80 and 84, and 5.9% are 85 or older.

Nearly one third (30.5%) of Francophones 65 years and over are widowed and 82.8% of these are women.

There are 1,595 Francophones 65 years and over who are members of a visible minority (2.2%). More than three quarters belong to the Black (24.1%), Chinese (19.3%), Southeast Asian (18.1%) or Arab (17.4%) minority groups.

Most Francophones 65 years and over who are members of a visible minority live in Central (61.1%) or Eastern (35.1%) Ontario.

A very large proportion of Francophone immigrants 65 years and over were born in Europe (61.8%), followed by Asia (15.1%) and Africa (14.0%).

A large number of Francophone immigrants 65 years and over obtained landed immigrant status prior to 1961 (44.0%).

Among Francophones 65 years and over, 20.0% moved between 1996 and 2001. Of this group, 41.2% are migrants, 92.7% of which are internal migrants and 7.3% external migrants.

Nearly all Francophone 65 years and over do not attend school (99.1%). Moreover, 42.4% have less than Grade 9 education, and 30.5% have between Grade 9 and Grade 13 education.

Nearly a quarter of Francophones 65 years and over living in Central (24.9%) or Eastern Ontario (24.2%) have attended college or university.

The major field of study of Francophone 65 years and over is applied science technologies and trades (20.6%). Other fields are: commerce, management and business administration (20.4%); educational, recreational and counselling services (17.5%); health professions and related technologies (11.2%); humanities and related fields (10.0%); and social sciences and related fields (6.5%).

Francophones 65 years and over who are active in the workforce work in retail trade (10.4%), agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (10.0%), other services (except public administration) (9.4%) and manufacturing (7.4%).

Among Francophones 65 years and over, 51.6% have total incomes between $12,000 and $24,999. Among Francophone women 65 years and over, 55.1% have incomes in this range. A proportion of 18.6% have total incomes of less than $12,000, rising to 24.6% for women.

In the Francophone population 65 years and over, 12.3% report income of $40,000 or more compared with 7.9% of Francophone women in the same age group. These individuals are located primarily in Eastern Ontario.

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