ontario: I think we need to have a serious debate on the place of francophones and francophiles in Ontario, according to Vancouver Courier. According to Statistics Canada, the proportion of francophones in Ontario went from 5.2 per cent of the population in 1996, to 4.7 per cent in 2016 a decrease Boileau said was troubling. French Language Services Commissioner Francois Boileau said if nothing is done to address the issue, Ontario's francophone demographic may decrease to the point where it becomes insignificant and public services for the population are hard to come by.article continues below Trending Stories Vancouver High on Life vloggers die in Shannon Falls tragedy Greater Vancouver home prices to drop 21 per cent by 2019 analysis Beware the season of the BC Ferry Cab Share Canada launches app changing taxi travel These findings are alarming, Boileau said in an interview. It's disturbing because it is one thing to be a little under five per cent, but if in 20 years we are under two per cent, then it really starts to have an impact on public policies, he said. In the report, seven experts studied several issues that affect or will affect the delivery of French language services. The latest census figures show there were 622,415 francophones in Ontario. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.