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services: A larger proportion of new immigrants choosing English as their official language and a lower rate of transmission of the French language to children who come from families where at least one parent is francophone are factors, the report found, according to Toronto Star. Vince Talotta / Toronto Star These findings are alarming, Boileau said in an interview. 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. I think we need to have a serious debate on the place of francophones and francophiles in Ontario. 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. 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. ( As reported in the news.