Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census

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

Province of Alberta

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

Language Number Percentage of population with a mother tongue other than English or French Percentage of total population
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 115,240 12.1 2.9
German 84,465 8.9 2.1
Punjabi (Panjabi) 74,490 7.8 1.8
Cantonese 62,645 6.6 1.6
Spanish 60,300 6.3 1.5

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

Language Number Percentage of population who spoke at least one language other than English or French at home Percentage of total population
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 121,080 13.3 3.0
Punjabi (Panjabi) 78,480 8.6 1.9
Spanish 68,780 7.6 1.7
German 62,370 6.8 1.5
Cantonese 61,610 6.8 1.5

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

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

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

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

Knowledge of official languages, Alberta, 2011 and 2016

Language 2016 2011
Number Percent Number Percent
Total 4,026,650 100 3,610,185 100
English 3,698,765 91.9 3,321,810 92.0
French 3,895 0.1 3,210 0.1
English and French 264,715 6.6 235,565 6.5
Neither English nor French 59,275 1.5 49,600 1.4

Mother tongue4, Alberta, 2011 and 2016

Language 2016 2011
Number Percent Number Percent
Total 4,026,650 100 3,610,185 100
English 3,080,875 76.5 2,839,760 78.7
French 86,705 2.2 81,085 2.2
Other languages 952,785 23.7 753,025 20.9
Aboriginal languages 27,175 0.7 28,095 0.8
Immigrant languages 924,220 23.0 723,750 20.0

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

Language spoken at home1, Alberta, 2011 and 2016

Language Only5 Mostly6 Equally7 Regularly8 Total
2016
English 3,044,335 282,925 187,915 227,465 3,742,635
French 11,790 15,840 10,975 46,255 84,855
Other languages 268,430 214,300 182,155 246,035 910,920
Aboriginal languages 4,295 5,675 3,565 17,450 30,985
Immigrant languages 263,115 208,555 177,815 227,245 876,725
2011
English 2,857,595 237,660 109,580 179,180 3,384,015
French 11,005 13,680 7,695 41,825 74,215
Other languages 211,985 167,565 105,755 204,710 690,010
Aboriginal languages 2,670 7,950 1,790 13,680 26,080
Immigrant languages 208,405 159,525 103,325 189,705 660,955

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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