Immigration Statistics

Immigration stats to validate all this fuss!

In 2015, almost six thousand (5,807 to be precise) French nationals gained permanent residency status in Canada (source, Statistics Canada, XLS file), and the French who are here on work visas or study visas bring the number of people from France living in Canada even higher.  As pointed out in this CBC article, the majority of French eligible voters are located in Quebec.

Alberta was the location of 47,202 new permanent residents in 2015, representing a total of seventeen percent of Canada’s 271,847 new permanent residents that year (source, Statistics Canada, XLS file).  Even if only one third of French voters settle outside Quebec (meaning somewhere around 2,000 people out of almost six thousand each year), it could be estimated that, with equal French settlement in each province proportionate to the total number of new permanent residents in each province, and Alberta receiving 17.36% of new permanent residents in Canada in 2015, several hundred French nationals (17% of ~2,000 being ~340) settle in Alberta every single year.  Even if this number was cut in half to account for increased settlement in Francophone parts of Canada, that is still a significant number of French who are moving to Alberta – a number that is increasing, based on the statistics linked – and this results in a correspondingly high number of motorcycle licences that could be exchanged, dozens each year, knowing that around 15% (almost one in six) of French licence-holders have motorcycle licences (licence data up to 2011, XLS format, see sheet 3.4.1)

Presumably, there are also Canadians moving to France on either a  temporary or permanent basis, but I’ve had trouble finding such detailed statistics from France, with most immigration figures referring to the Americas and Oceania as a whole.  I’ll post more if I find out more.

Reciprocal licensing agreement that includes motorcycle licences could greatly benefit the licence holders that move between France and Alberta every year, as one in ten Alberta licence holders and almost one in six French licence holders are authorised to operate motorcycles.