French Canadians are a major North American ethnic group derived from the descendants of French colonists who arrived in New France (Canada) in the 17th and 18th centuries. Today, French Canadians constitute the main French-speaking population of Canada, accounting for about 22% of the total population of that country.
During the mid-18th century, Canadian colonists born in French Canada expanded across North America and colonized various regions, cities, and towns] Today, French Canadians live across North America, including the United States and Canada. The province of Quebec has the largest population of French-Canadian descent, though smaller communities exist throughout Canada and in the United States (particularly New England). Between 1840 and 1930, roughly 900,000 French Canadians emigrated to the United States, mostly to the New England region. Other terms for French Canadians that continue to reside in the province of Quebec, are Quebecers or Québécois. The other major group of French Canadians are the Acadians (Acadiens) who reside in the Maritime Provinces. French Canadians (including those who are no longer French-speaking) constitute the second largest ethnic group in Canada, behind the English Canadians, and ahead of Scottish Canadians and Irish Canadians. Today 5,077,215 Canadians declare having French origins, 5,065,690 identify themselves as French, 193,885 as Quebecois and just under 115,895 as Acadian
In Ontario French origin was declared by 1,363,370, French identity by 1,362,320, Quebecois by 6,115 and Acadian by 15,175.
In the GTA the corresponding numbers are: 249,630, 249,375, 1,390 and 3,970.