More than 200 languages are spoken as home languages in Canada. With more than 7 million Canadian residents saying English and French is not their home language. This revelation by Statistics Canada supports what many have known; Canada is an open door to immigrants who can positively contribute to the Canadian society.
The latest information, a snippet-feedback on the analysis of information gathered during the February 2017 Canadian Census, reported on the languages that Canadians report as their mother tongue or being spoken at home. The stats support the notion that that Canada truly is a melting pot of cultures, ethnicities, backgrounds and that the country is welcoming of diversity.
In February, census data showed that the national population would have been potentially far below 35.15 million if not for the Canadian Government’s progressive stance on immigration. Based on actual data, now made available by Statistics Canada, immigration was responsible for about two-thirds of the population increase between 2011 and 2016.
Statistics Canada predicts that immigration will continue to be the main source of population growth by 2056. This is based on the fact that Canada’s natural fertility-fuelled population growth is declining due to an aging population and a declining birth rate.
"Once you start to see all the different languages that are spoken, it really speaks to the profound diversity of our Canadian population," said Michael Haan, an associate professor in the school of sociology at Western University in London, Ontario.
“More and more homes in Canada are speaking more than one language on what they say is a regular basis and that's simply driven by immigration,” Doug Norris, chief demographer at Environics Analytics, is quoted as saying in response to the information provided.
As the rest of the figures are released a clearer picture of Canada’s socio-ethnic composition will become clear. Interesting data will include data on income, immigration and Indigenous Peoples numbers, and figures detailing education, jobs and work patterns. This information will be released in batches starting October 2017.
The latest Census will also include data about families, revealing changes in marriage rates, how much longer Canadians are waiting to start families, and how many families live under different roofs — be it because one parent is working in another part of the country, or because they are older parents choosing to live apart.