In 2016, more than 3,000 inhabitants reported French as their mother tongue, and more than 26,000 had knowledge of French. The province’s first Francophone school opened in Mainland in 1984. Newfoundland and Labrador’s official Francophone flag was first hoisted in 1987.
Organization representing the Francophone population
The Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et Labrador (FFTNL) was created in 1973. At that time, a French immersion program was launched because the provincial government refused to subsidize the establishment of Francophone schools. In the years that followed, Francophones made a number of positive strides, such as building school and community centres, signing agreements with the federal government, and much more. The FFTNL works to defend the rights of Francophones in minority situations. Its mission is to promote the province’s Francophonie and facilitate its development.