Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census

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

Northwest Territories

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

Language Number Percentage of population with a mother tongue other than English or French Percentage of total population
Dogrib (Tlicho) 1,680 20.3 4.1
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 870 10.5 2.1
South Slavey 810 9.8 2.0
North Slavey (Hare) 790 9.5 1.9
Inuinnaqtun (Inuvialuktun) 515 6.2 1.2

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

Language Number Percentage of population who spoke at least one language other than English or French at home Percentage of total population
Dogrib (Tlicho) 2,005 23.8 4.8
South Slavey 930 11.0 2.2
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 905 10.7 2.2
North Slavey (Hare) 785 9.3 1.9
Inuinnaqtun (Inuvialuktun) 540 6.4 1.3

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

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

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

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

Knowledge of official languages, Northwest Territories, 2011 and 2016

Language 2016 2011
Number Percent Number Percent
Total 41,380 100 41,040 100
English 36,845 89.0 37,040 90.3
French 65 0.2 50 0.1
English and French 4,275 10.3 3,720 9.1
Neither English nor French 195 0.5 230 0.6

Mother tongue4, Northwest Territories, 2011 and 2016

Language 2016 2011
Number Percent Number Percent
Total 41,380 100 41,035 100
English 32,545 78.6 31,900 77.7
French 1,365 3.3 1,165 2.8
Other languages 8,295 20.0 8,510 20.7
Aboriginal languages 4,945 12.0 5,800 14.1
Immigrant languages 3,340 8.1 2,710 6.6

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

Language spoken at home1, Northwest Territories, 2011 and 2016

Language Only5 Mostly6 Equally7 Regularly8 Total
2016
English 31,470 4,805 1,080 2,205 39,560
French 325 305 160 840 1,640
Other languages 1,455 1,930 965 4,080 8,425
Aboriginal languages 750 1,295 310 2,990 5,345
Immigrant languages 700 635 660 1,065 3,055
2011
English 32,335 4,155 385 2,360 39,230
French 240 310 55 655 1,265
Other languages 1,550 2,070 345 3,580 7,540
Aboriginal languages 950 1,465 145 2,720 5,285
Immigrant languages 590 610 200 845 2,245

Language of work

English used at work, Northwest Territories, 2006 and 2016

English used at work 2016 2006
Number Percent Number Percent
All instances 25,440 99.5 25,575 99.2
Only 22,930 89.7 23,070 89.5
Mostly 1,860 7.3 1,935 7.5
Equally with another language 200 0.8 115 0.4
Regularly (in addition to the main language) 450 1.8 455 1.8
No mention 125 0.5 195 0.8
Total population9 25,565 100 25,770 100

French used at work, Northwest Territories, 2006 and 2016

French used at work 2016 2006
Number Percent Number Percent
All instances 915 3.6 695 2.7
Only 50 0.2 60 0.2
Mostly 155 0.6 125 0.5
Equally with another language 70 0.3 30 0.1
Regularly (in addition to the main language) 640 2.5 480 1.9
No mention 24,650 96.4 25,070 97.3
Total population9 25,565 100 25,770 100

Languages other than English or French used at work, Northwest Territories, 2006 and 2016

Languages other than English or French used at work 2016 2006
Number Percent Number Percent
All instances 1,735 6.8 2,025 7.9
Only 75 0.3 130 0.5
Mostly 295 1.2 330 1.3
Equally with another language 135 0.5 90 0.3
Regularly (in addition to the main language) 1,225 4.8 1,480 5.7
No mention 23,830 93.2 23,735 92.1
Total population9 25,565 100 25,770 100

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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