Published : Jul 3, 2018

Canada’s Language Evolution

Canada is officially a bilingual country, with English and French the official languages. In reality, however, Canada is becoming less and less bilingual and more and more multilingual, increasing the need to learn new languages.

More than two hundred languages are spoken in Canada. However, according to government statistics, except for Quebec the percentage of Canadians who speak both English and French is slowly declining, and the percentage who speak English and a different language is slowly increasing.

Tagalog (primarily spoken in the Philippines) is Canada’s fastest-growing language. Immigrants from the Philippines comprise the largest group of new arrivals.

After Tagalog, the fastest-growing languages include:

  • Arabic
  • Farsi
  • Hindi
  • Urdu
  • Gujarati
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Immigrants from Arab countries are the second-fastest group of new residents in Canada. Other than Canada’s official languages of English and French, most commonly spoken in homes are:

  • Mandarin
  • Cantonese
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Arabic
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