Speaking in tongues: census 2011 reveals Canada’s language diversity
By The Canadian Press October 24, 2012 8:02 AM
OTTAWA – Selected highlights from Wednesday’s Statistics Canada release of 2011 census data, focused on language:
— One in five Canadians — some 6.6 million people — reported speaking a language other than English or French at home; 191 distinct languages were among those identified as either a mother tongue or a home language.
— Nearly 10 million people said they could conduct a conversation in French, up from 9.6 million five years earlier; however, as a proportion of the population, those able to speak French slipped to 30.1 per cent, down from 30.7 per cent in 2006.
— Nearly seven million Canadians said they speak French most often at home, a modest increase over 2006, but comprising just 21 per cent of the population — down from 21.4 per cent five years ago.read more