Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census

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Nunavut

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

Language Number Percentage of population with a mother tongue other than English or French Percentage of total population
Inuktitut 22,670 94.3 63.5
Inuinnaqtun (Inuvialuktun) 565 2.3 1.6
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 140 0.6 0.4
Spanish 45 0.2 0.1
German 40 0.2 0.1

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

Language Number Percentage of population who spoke at least one language other than English or French at home Percentage of total population
Inuktitut 25,405 93.9 71.2
Inuinnaqtun (Inuvialuktun) 870 3.2 2.4
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 175 0.6 0.5
Spanish 60 0.2 0.2
Sign languages, n.i.e 40 0.1 0.1

Figure 1.1 Official language minority (number and proportion), Nunavut, 2001 to 2016

Figure 1.1 description Figure 1.1 Official language minority (number and proportion), Nunavut, 2001 to 2016

Figure 1.2 Rate of English-French bilingualism, Nunavut, 2001 to 2016

Figure 1.2 description Long description for Figure 1.2 Rate of English-French bilingualism, Nunavut, 2001 to 2016

Knowledge of official languages, Nunavut, 2011 and 2016

Language 2016 2011
Number Percent Number Percent
Total 35,695 100 31,765 100
English 32,065 89.8 27,665 87.1
French 55 0.2 40 0.1
English and French 1,520 4.3 1,200 3.8
Neither English nor French 2,045 5.7 2,860 9.0

Mother tongue4, Nunavut, 2011 and 2016

Language 2016 2011
Number Percent Number Percent
Total 35,695 100 31,765 100
English 11,745 32.9 9,250 29.1
French 640 1.8 445 1.4
Other languages 24,050 67.4 22,400 70.5
Aboriginal languages 23,280 65.2 21,900 68.9
Immigrant languages 750 2.1 490 1.5

Figure 1.3 Mother tongue other than English or French, Nunavut, 2001 to 2016

Language spoken at home1, Nunavut, 2011 and 2016

Language Only5 Mostly6 Equally7 Regularly8 Total
2016
English 8,070 8,615 610 9,575 26,870
French 200 140 30 260 630
Other languages 8,590 9,460 585 8,420 27,065
Aboriginal languages 8,460 9,275 565 8,010 26,315
Immigrant languages 90 200 20 385 695
2011
English 7,645 6,795 255 7,840 22,530
French 115 130 5 270 525
Other languages 9,085 7,740 250 6,585 23,660
Aboriginal languages 9,010 7,635 235 6,370 23,245
Immigrant languages 60 110 20 210 390

Language of work

English used at work, Nunavut, 2006 and 2016

English used at work 2016 2006
Number Percent Number Percent
All instances 16,100 94.7 12,855 91.2
Only 6,185 36.4 5,075 36.0
Mostly 5,960 35.1 4,640 32.9
Equally with another language 285 1.7 235 1.7
Regularly (in addition to the main language) 3,675 21.6 2,905 20.6
No mention 900 5.3 1,240 8.8
Total population9 16,995 100 14,095 100

French used at work, Nunavut, 2006 and 2016

French used at work 2016 2006
Number Percent Number Percent
All instances 505 3.0 325 2.3
Only 20 0.1 15 0.1
Mostly 55 0.3 40 0.3
Equally with another language 15 0.1 10 0.1
Regularly (in addition to the main language) 415 2.4 260 1.8
No mention 16,495 97.1 13,770 97.7
Total population9 16,995 100 14,095 100

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

Languages other than English or French used at work 2016 2006
Number Percent Number Percent
All instances 10,380 61.1 8,750 62.1
Only 875 5.1 1,225 8.7
Mostly 3,620 21.3 2,870 20.4
Equally with another language 275 1.6 230 1.6
Regularly (in addition to the main language) 5,610 33.0 4,425 31.4
No mention 6,620 39.0 5,345 37.9
Total population9 16,995 100 14,095 100

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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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