Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census

The letter C inside a yellow triangle - correctionUpdate of the 2016 Census language data

Province of Ontario

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Most common mother tongue languages other than English or French, Ontario, 2016

Language Number Percentage of population with a mother tongue other than English or French Percentage of total population
Mandarin 292,375 7.6 2.2
Cantonese 289,490 7.5 2.2
Italian 250,940 6.5 1.9
Punjabi (Panjabi) 214,340 5.5 1.6
Spanish 206,155 5.3 1.5

Most common languages other than English or French spoken at home1, Ontario, 2016

Language Number Percentage of population who spoke at least one language other than English or French at home Percentage of total population
Mandarin 306,180 8.3 2.3
Cantonese 294,345 8.0 2.2
Punjabi (Panjabi) 225,820 6.2 1.7
Spanish 222,855 6.1 1.7
Arabic 203,590 5.6 1.5

Figure 1.1 Official language minority (number and proportion), Ontario, 1991 to 2016

Figure 1.1 description Figure 1.1 Official language minority (number and proportion), Ontario, 1991 to 2016

Figure 1.2 Rate of English-French bilingualism, Ontario, 1991 to 2016

Figure 1.2 description Long description for Figure 1.2 Rate of English-French bilingualism, Ontario, 1991 to 2016

Knowledge of official languages, Ontario, 2011 and 2016

Language 2016 2011
Number Percent Number Percent
Total 13,312,870 100 12,722,065 100
English 11,455,495 86.0 10,984,360 86.3
French 40,045 0.3 42,980 0.3
English and French 1,490,395 11.2 1,395,805 11.0
Neither English nor French 326,935 2.5 298,920 2.3

Mother tongue4, Ontario, 2011 and 2016

Language 2016 2011
Number Percent Number Percent
Total 13,312,870 100 12,722,065 100
English 9,255,660 69.5 8,950,690 70.4
French 568,345 4.3 561,160 4.4
Other languages 3,865,780 29.0 3,505,115 27.6
Aboriginal languages 25,730 0.2 18,420 0.1
Immigrant languages 3,835,325 28.8 3,482,575 27.4

Figure 1.3 Mother tongue other than English or French, Ontario, 1991 to 2016

Language spoken at home1, Ontario, 2011 and 2016

Language Only5 Mostly6 Equally7 Regularly8 Total
2016
English 9,106,895 1,221,785 784,100 923,840 12,036,625
French 142,180 134,860 71,230 268,970 617,250
Other languages 1,113,130 803,185 745,175 1,005,725 3,667,215
Aboriginal languages 5,005 4,210 3,285 14,440 26,940
Immigrant languages 1,104,155 798,520 739,170 987,945 3,629,800
2011
English 8,895,115 1,149,695 558,895 871,330 11,475,035
French 151,125 132,990 56,170 255,630 595,915
Other languages 1,074,725 753,145 527,315 949,665 3,304,850
Aboriginal languages 2,510 3,845 1,435 12,290 20,075
Immigrant languages 1,068,730 748,940 523,635 934,100 3,275,405

Symbols:

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not applicable
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incompletely enumerated Indian reserve or Indian settlement
r
revised
E
use with caution

Source:

Statistics Canada. 2017. Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-404-X2016001. Ottawa, Ontario. Analytical products, 2016 Census.

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