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South Asian languages on the rise in Canada as a result of immigration: census

August 17, 2022

By Global News |

Immigration is fuelling a rise in the number of Canadians who speak a language other than English or French, new Statistics Canada census data shows.

A record-breaking one-in-four people speak a language that’s different from Canada’s two official languages, the 2021 data reveals. Mandarin and Punjabi are the most common non-official languages, with more than a million people predominantly speaking one of them.

StatCan noted a large increase in the growth of the number of Canadians who predominantly speak South Asian languages such as Gujarati, Hindi or Malayalam since the last census in 2016, a rise which was fuelled by immigration.

“The results we released today show in large part that trends are continuing in Canada, so we see for instance the growth in number of people whose language is different than French and English, and it’s related to immigration,” said Éric Caron-Malenfant, deputy head of the Centre for Demography at Statistics Canada.

“For instance in Canada in 2021, about one in four has a mother tongue that is different than French or English, so that is a continuation of this trend.”

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