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The Many Languages of Canada

By October 31, 2012

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We're used to thinking of ourselves as a bilingual country, and the tug-of-war between the official languages of English and French is a frequent part of our lives as Canadians. The 2011 Census of Canada shows that many, many Canadians are bilingual, but only one of their languages is English or French. The other is one of 200 languages that they or their families have brought to Canada as immigrants.

What Languages Do Canadians Speak? gives an idea of just how diverse languages in Canada are. The language diversity doesn't just come from new Canadians either. The 2011 Census recorded over 60 Aboriginal languages alone!

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