See your Franco-Ontarian survey results!

Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2018

On every September 25 since 1975, Francophones in Ontario have celebrated Franco-Ontarian Day by raising the green-and-white flag. This day honours their community’s contributions to the province’s culture, history, economy, politics and social life.

To join in the festivities, the Faculty of Education conducted a survey through Facebook and Instagram stories and Twitter polls. Here are the results, and further details on the answers.

Here are the polls questions we asked:

Question 1: What is the name of the official anthem of Franco-Ontarians, as recognized by the Ontario government in March 2017 ?

  • Results as percentages of participants’ answers:
  1. Mon beau drapeau : 44%
  2. Fier Franco : 11%
  3. Notre place : 45%
  • Answer: Notre place

The Ontario government designated “Notre place” as the official anthem of Franco-Ontarians in March 2017. Singer-songwriter Paul Demers wrote the song in 1989, and it quickly became the community’s anthem before being officially adopted. The recognition of Notre place was also a tribute to Paul Demers, who passed away on October 30, 2016.

Source: Radio-Canada.ca (French only)

Question 2: The Francophone presence in Ontario has....

  • Results as percentages of participants’ answers:
  1. More than 400 years : 71%
  2. Approximately 200 years: 0%
  3. Approximately 150 years : 29%
  • Answer: More than 400 years

Ontario’s French-speaking community can trace its history back more than 400 years to 1615, when Samuel de Champlain met with a Huron-Wendat chief at Toanché, now known as the town of Penetanguishene. In 2015, the Ontario’s Francophone community boasted over 600,500 members, making up 4.8% of the province’s total population (according to Statistics Canada’s 2011 census). It is the second-largest French-speaking community in Canada, after Quebec.

Source: Centre de la francophonie des Amériques (French only)
and Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Question 3: How many monuments of the Francophonie are there in Ontario?     

  • Results as percentages of participants’ answers:
  1. 12 : 43%
  2. 7 : 29%
  3. 16 : 28%
  • Answer: 16

Today, there are 15 monuments across Ontario. In the early 1990s, Franco-Ontarians decided to increase the French-speaking community’s visibility by creating monuments—outdoor spaces with a large Franco-Ontarian flag surrounded by granite plaques that mark the contributions of Francophones to Ontario’s development and success.

Source: Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario and Radio-Canada.ca (French only)

Question 4: In which year was the Franco-Ontarian flag hoisted for the first time ?

  • Results as percentages of participants’ answers:
  1. 1944 : 6%
  2. 1975 : 71%
  3. 1968 : 23%
  • Answer: 1975

Forty-three years ago, on September 25, 1975, the Franco-Ontarian flag was hoisted on the University of Sudbury campus, in Northern Ontario. This first flag was created by Laurentian University history professor Gaétan Gervais and first-year student Michel Dupuis, and was sewn by Jacqueline England.

The flag has two vertical bands: one green and one white. The green band evokes summer and has a white lily in the middle, signifying the Francophone community worldwide. The white band evokes winter and has a green trillium, Ontario’s provincial flower, in the middle. Together, the green and white represent the variability of Ontario’s climate.

Source: Radio-Canada.ca (French only)

Question 5: In which year was September 25 designated Franco-Ontarian Day ?

  • Results as percentages of participants’ answers:
  1. 2010 : 30%
  2. 1982 : 20%
  3. 1975 : 50%
  • Answer: 2010

In 2010, the Ontario government officially adopted September 25 as Franco-Ontarian Day in recognition of the Ontario’s Francophones to the province’s culture, history, economy, politics and social life. This day coincides with the anniversary of the creation of the Franco-Ontarian flag, which was hoisted for the first time on September 25, 1975.

Source: Radio Canada.ca (French only)

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