Between myths and realities what is immigrants’ reality?
 

Polyglot Canada?

In the 2011 census, more than 200 languages were declared as a language spoken at home or as a mother tongue.

Nearly 6.6 million people reported speaking a language other than French or English at home.

Language spoken at home and language spoken on a regular basis

4.7 million people reported speaking another language than English or French most often at home, and nearly 1.9 million people reported speaking these languages on a regular basis as a second language (in addition to French or English).

 

Mother tongues outside of French and English in the six largest census metropolitan areas

 

Toronto:

1.8 million people speak their mother tongue at home.

 

Montreal:

626,000 people speak their mother tongue most often at home. Arabic and Spanish account for almost a third.

 

Vancouver:

712,000 people speak their mother tongue at home. Punjabi is the main immigrant language used at home, followed by Cantonese and Mandarin.

 

Calgary:

228,000 speak their mother tongue most often at home. Punjabi and Tagalog (Philippines) are the main mother tongues used at home, followed by Chinese (Cantonese and/or Mandarin).

 

Edmonton:

166,000 people speak their mother tongue most often at home. Tagalog and Punjabi are the most widely declared mother tongues spoken at home.

 

Ottawa – Gatineau:

141,000 people speak their mother tongue most often at home. Arabic and Spanish are the most widely spoken mother tongues at home.

 

Knowledge of official languages

 

Language Projection, 2011-2036

In 2036, more than a quarter of the Canadian population would have a mother tongue other than French or English.
Decrease in the proportion of English and French mother tongue populations by 2036
Increased diversity among official language populations.

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