Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census

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

Province of British Columbia

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

Language Number Percentage of population with a mother tongue other than English or French Percentage of total population
Punjabi (Panjabi) 214,595 15.8 4.7
Cantonese 202,705 14.9 4.4
Mandarin 191,980 14.1 4.2
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 92,870 6.8 2.0
German 70,580 5.2 1.5

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

Language Number Percentage of population who spoke at least one language other than English or French at home Percentage of total population
Punjabi (Panjabi) 222,720 17.6 4.8
Mandarin 202,630 16.0 4.4
Cantonese 200,285 15.8 4.4
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 94,855 7.5 2.1
Spanish 56,860 4.5 1.2

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

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

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

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

Knowledge of official languages, British Columbia, 2011 and 2016

Language 2016 2011
Number Percent Number Percent
Total 4,598,415 100 4,356,205 100
English 4,127,775 89.8 3,912,955 89.8
French 1,805 0.0 2,050 0.0
English and French 314,925 6.8 296,650 6.8
Neither English nor French 153,910 3.3 144,560 3.3

Mother tongue4, British Columbia, 2011 and 2016

Language 2016 2011
Number Percent Number Percent
Total 4,598,415 100 4,356,205 100
English 3,271,425 71.1 3,141,365 72.1
French 71,705 1.6 70,755 1.6
Other languages 1,360,815 29.6 1,227,895 28.2
Aboriginal languages 10,450 0.2 11,315 0.3
Immigrant languages 1,348,645 29.3 1,215,055 27.9

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

Language spoken at home1, British Columbia, 2011 and 2016

Language Only5 Mostly6 Equally7 Regularly8 Total
2016
English 3,273,905 357,795 231,890 281,490 4,145,080
French 6,455 10,345 9,870 46,080 72,750
Other languages 444,895 272,480 226,380 320,340 1,264,095
Aboriginal languages 955 610 1,620 8,020 11,205
Immigrant languages 442,545 271,735 223,815 310,640 1,248,740
2011
English 3,171,730 334,865 161,895 255,460 3,923,950
French 7,135 9,550 7,760 45,095 69,535
Other languages 422,860 247,240 158,125 300,180 1,128,405
Aboriginal languages 1,110 730 1,245 7,845 10,925
Immigrant languages 420,500 246,405 156,135 290,650 1,113,690

Language of work

English used at work, British Columbia, 2006 and 2016

English used at work 2016 2006
Number Percent Number Percent
All instances 2,617,725 98.0 2,360,300 98.0
Only 2,400,755 89.9 2,179,745 90.5
Mostly 131,100 4.9 118,700 4.9
Equally with another language 48,150 1.8 25,705 1.1
Regularly (in addition to the main language) 37,725 1.4 36,150 1.5
No mention 52,975 2.0 48,655 2.0
Total population9 2,670,700 100 2,408,955 100

French used at work, British Columbia, 2006 and 2016

French used at work 2016 2006
Number Percent Number Percent
All instances 35,465 1.3 35,375 1.5
Only 1,805 0.1 1,635 0.1
Mostly 4,335 0.2 3,865 0.2
Equally with another language 4,725 0.2 3,435 0.1
Regularly (in addition to the main language) 24,595 0.9 26,435 1.1
No mention 2,635,235 98.7 2,373,585 98.5
Total population9 2,670,700 100 2,408,955 100

Languages other than English or French used at work, British Columbia, 2006 and 2016

Languages other than English or French used at work 2016 2006
Number Percent Number Percent
All instances 237,635 8.9 199,245 8.3
Only 51,060 1.9 46,755 1.9
Mostly 33,445 1.3 32,430 1.3
Equally with another language 43,995 1.6 22,880 0.9
Regularly (in addition to the main language) 109,130 4.1 97,175 4.0
No mention 2,433,065 91.1 2,209,715 91.7
Total population9 2,670,700 100 2,408,955 100

Symbols:

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

Source:

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

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