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Tagalog is the fastest growing Language in Canada

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One of the highlights on the Statistics Canada 2016 census is the immigrant language growth. According to the census, Tagalog is the fastest growing language in Canada. The use of Tagalog has grown by 35% since 2011 more than any other language. Arabic grew by 30% followed by Persian/Farsi with 26.7%, Hindi with 26.1% and Urdu with 25%.

Here is some list of Immigrant Language Growth in Canada (Percent from 2011 to 2016):

  • Tagalog – 35%
  • Arabic – 30.0%
  • Persian (Farsi) – 26.7%
  • Hindi – 26.1%
  • Urdu – 25.0%
  • Gujarati – 18.8%
  • Punjabi – 18.4%
  • Russian – 14.1%
  • Spanish -12.3%
  • Korean – 11.0%
  • Tamil – 10.6%
  • Vietnamese – 6.4%
  • Portuguese – 3.7%
  • Greek – (-2.3%)
  • German – (-3.3%)
  • Polish – (-5.5%)
  • Italian – (-10.9%)

It has been recorded that there are 525,375 Canadians who speak Tagalog. This is based on the language data 2016 census of Statistics Canada. That makes the Filipino language the fifth most common non-official language spoken in Canadian households. Mandarin and Cantonese is the most common.

Here are the top 6 non-official languages spoken in Canadian households:

  • 641,100 Canadians speak Mandarin at home.
  • 594,705 speak Cantonese.
  • 568,375 speak Punjabi.
  • 553,495 speak Spanish.
  • 525,375 speak Tagalog.
  • 514,200 speak Arabic.
  • No individual non-official language spoken by more than two per cent of Canadians at home.

The possible reason for this is that the Philippines is one of the largest sources of immigrants to Canada. There are 35,151,728 people living in Canada based on the day of the census, May 10, 2016. Roughly two-thirds of Canada’s population is due to international migration. Furthermore, it is still necessary to speak English or French to integrate into Canadian society.

Source:

Statistics Canada

 

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