Issue 19-43 Language

March 15, 2019

In the 2016 census, the percentage of British Columbians who identified English as their mother tongue (defined as “the first language learned at home in childhood and still understood by the individual at the time of the census”) was 70.0%, while 1.4% cited French, and 28.6% reported a non-official language as their mother tongue.

Only 57.0% of all Canadians report English as their mother tongue, but outside of Quebec, the percentage is considerably higher (71.8%).

Data Source: Statistics Canada