Bilingualism has several advantages – it helps decision-making, improves memory, and protects the brain from diseases such as dementia. We present an overview of the five most widely spoken languages in Canada, and if you are not already bilingual, why not learn a second language? It is never too late to learn and discover one of the two official languages of our country.
As you may have guessed, English is the language most commonly spoken at home in our country. In fact, almost 98% of Canadians say they can conduct a conversation in English, French or both.
French, Canada’s second official language, is the second most spoken language in the country. It is not spoken only in Quebec – many communities outside the beautiful province have large Francophone populations. For this reason, the federal government ensures that it provides services in both official languages at most of its points of service.
Although the mother tongue of one-fifth of the population is neither English nor French, only 6.2% of Canadians speak a language other than English or French at home. Mandarin is especially common in large urban centers.
Also popular in major cities, Cantonese is another language of Chinese origin commonly spoken in Canada.
The fifth most commonly spoken language at home across Canada is also the most frequently reported immigrant language in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. In general, the number of Canadians who speak more than one language is constantly increasing.