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Ontario: Census 2016: Mother Tongue

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Account:Demographics
Information:Census 2016: Mother Tongue
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Compiled by the Community Accounts Unit based on information provided from the Census of Population 2016, Statistics Canada.

Copyright:Newfoundland & Labrador Statistics Agency, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

a This is a total population count. The sum of the languages in this table is greater than the total population count because a person may report more than one language in the census.

Mother Tongue

Refers to the first language learned at home in childhood and still understood by the person at the time the data was collected. If the person no longer understands the first language learned, the mother tongue is the second language learned. For a person who learned two languages at the same time in early childhood, the mother tongue is the language this person spoke most often at home before starting school. The person has two mother tongues only if the two languages were used equally often and are still understood by the person. For a child who has not yet learned to speak, the mother tongue is the language spoken most often to this child at home. The child has two mother tongues only if both languages are spoken equally often so that the child learns both languages at the same time.

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  Male Female Total

Total - Mother tonguea6,503,880 6,808,990 13,312,870
Multiple responses176,250 189,660 365,905
English and French25,165 28,880 54,045
English and non-official language140,345 147,945 288,285
French and non-official language5,735 6,835 12,565
English, French and non-official language5,000 6,005 11,010
Single responses6,327,630 6,619,330 12,946,965
English4,406,210 4,496,110 8,902,320
French231,310 259,410 490,715
Non-official languages1,690,110 1,863,810 3,553,920
 
Languages of North America
Cree-Montagnais languages2,485 2,595 5,075
Ojibway4,515 4,985 9,510
Oji-Cree3,015 3,300 6,315
Creole languages5,095 6,165 11,255
 
Languages of Europe
German61,520 70,005 131,525
Swedish1,045 1,350 2,395
Italian112,440 118,595 231,040
Portuguese72,280 77,715 150,000
Romanian19,565 22,190 41,755
Spanish90,390 100,630 191,025
Dutch24,875 26,845 51,720
Vlaams (Flemish)925 1,220 2,145
Bosnian3,125 3,245 6,370
Bulgarian4,355 4,745 9,095
Croatian15,465 16,410 31,875
Czech4,930 5,740 10,670
Macedonian7,475 8,160 15,635
Maltese2,570 2,600 5,175
Polish54,670 66,405 121,080
Russian45,630 55,470 101,095
Serbian20,585 21,145 41,740
Serbo-Croatian2,310 2,570 4,875
Slovak4,710 5,565 10,280
Slovenian2,995 3,750 6,745
Ukrainian17,760 22,610 40,370
Slavic languages, n.i.e.675 640 1,310
Latvian1,645 2,260 3,910
Lithuanian2,140 3,035 5,170
Greek27,305 28,110 55,415
Armenian7,300 7,765 15,065
Albanian9,535 9,510 19,045
Estonian1,810 2,400 4,205
Finnish4,140 5,580 9,715
Hungarian17,150 19,590 36,740
 
Languages of Asia
Bengali23,615 23,200 46,810
Gujarati38,740 37,940 76,680
Hindi29,805 28,930 58,735
Konkani1,195 1,315 2,510
Marathi2,800 2,685 5,485
Punjabi (Panjabi)100,160 96,900 197,055
Sindhi3,225 3,615 6,840
Sinhala (Sinhalese)4,925 5,235 10,165
Urdu76,790 75,595 152,385
Nepali3,915 3,955 7,875
Kurdish3,610 3,050 6,665
Pashto5,635 5,315 10,950
Persian (Farsi)61,025 61,040 122,065
Indo-Iranian languages, n.i.e.1,355 1,215 2,565
Malayalam8,795 8,350 17,145
Tamil57,310 60,320 117,630
Telugu5,895 4,920 10,820
Japanese4,590 8,675 13,260
Korean32,035 37,735 69,780
Cantonese128,095 147,220 275,310
Min Nan (Chaochow, Teochow, Fukien, Taiwanese)6,245 7,300 13,545
Hakka3,140 3,840 6,985
Mandarin132,275 151,465 283,740
Chinese, n.o.s.7,235 8,410 15,650
Lao2,480 2,710 5,190
Thai1,050 2,220 3,270
Khmer (Cambodian)3,330 4,020 7,350
Vietnamese32,520 38,170 70,690
Ilocano4,425 6,860 11,285
Malay2,525 3,245 5,765
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino)63,660 99,755 163,415
Turkish9,610 8,805 18,415
Arabic88,400 82,965 171,365
Hebrew6,220 5,350 11,570
Semitic languages, n.i.e.705 730 1,435
 
Languages of Africa
Akan (Twi)4,510 5,190 9,695
Swahili2,540 2,985 5,525
Afrikaans1,120 1,165 2,290
Cushitic languages10,730 13,875 24,605
Somali9,750 12,925 22,675
Tigrigna3,470 3,870 7,345
Niger-Congo languages, n.i.e.2,345 2,810 5,160
 
Non-verbal Languages
American Sign Language640 665 1,305
Sign languages, n.i.e920 775 1,700

Notes:

a This is a total population count. The sum of the languages in this table is greater than the total population count because a person may report more than one language in the census.

Source:

Compiled by the Community Accounts Unit based on information provided from the Census of Population 2016, Statistics Canada.



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Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

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