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We honour and acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territories of more than 200 distinct Nations across the province. Each with their own unique cultures, traditions and history.
Understand the diversity of your audience
- There are approximately 200,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in B.C.
- We welcome nearly 40,000 new immigrants to the province every year
- Almost 30 percent of British Columbians immigrated to B.C. from another country
- Residents of B.C. trace their origins to more than 200 countries or regions
Languages in B.C.
- There are 34 First Nations languages with seven distinct, unrelated language families in B.C. There are over 93 dialects within these languages
- More than 50% of Canada's First Nations Languages are in B.C.
- After English, the most common languages spoken at home are Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, German, Tagalog, French, Korean, Spanish, and Farsi
- In 2016, around 1 in 3 (29.6%) British Columbians spoke a language other than English or French as their first language
Literacy levels for British Columbians aged 16 to 65 years
- 45.9% are reading at a Level 2 or below (a very low level)
- 38.7% at level 3
- 15.4% at level 4 to 5 (the highest level)
Write content that all users can read and understand.
- First Peoples’ Cultural Council’s 2018 Report on the Status of B.C. First Nations Languages (PDF, 282 KB)
- Proportion of mother tongue responses for various regions in Canada, 2016 Census
- AMSSA – Migration Matters (PDF, 443 KB)
- Stats Canada: Literacy – Comparative distributions of proficiency levels of population aged 16 to 65, countries, provinces and territories, 2012
Diverse needs of British Columbians
Anyone can have a disability, and a disability can occur at any point in a person’s life. However, disabilities are more common among adults 65 years of age and older.
- 20.5% of British Columbians between the ages of 15 and 64 live with a disability
- 70% of people with disabilities report more than one disability
- 41.7% of British Columbians over the age of 65 live with a disability
- In 2018, nearly 913,000 British Columbians were aged 65 years or older and over 115,000 British Columbians were aged 85 years or older
- By 2031, almost one in four people in B.C. (more than 1.3 million people) will be over the age of 65
- Canadian Survey on Disability, 2017
- Persons with and without disabilities aged 15 years and over, by age group and sex, Canada, provinces and territories
- Population estimates on July 1st, by age and sex
Talking about diversity
Learn more about the inclusive language and terms we should use when speaking about diverse groups.