Mother tongue other than French and English: slight increase in ten years


This is what emerges from an analysis of new language data released earlier this week by Statistics Canada.

At the 2021 census, the area had a population of 272,915, an increase of 570 people from that of 2011.

A total of 98.0% of Saguenéens and Jeannois currently have French as their mother tongue, 0.6% of them have English and 0.4% French and English.

As for those who have a mother tongue other than French and English, their number has gone from 1,560 to 2,335 in ten years, or from 0.6% to 0.9% of the total population.

These data include Aboriginal languages. Thus, Innu (Montagnais) as a mother tongue has seen a drop of 100 people in ten years, while Atikamekw has seen an increase of 130 people.

Among the other languages, it is Spanish, 230 more people, and Arabic, 220, which have experienced the largest increases in front of what Statistics Canada groups under the name Niger-Congolese languages ​​with an addition of 115 inhabitants. . Portuguese and Mandarin follow equally with 60 more inhabitants.

Biggest increases

Native language

2011

2021

Difference

Spanish

325

555

230

Arab

145

365

220

Atikamekw

100

230

130

Niger-Congo languages

25

140

115

Portuguese

50

110

60

Mandarin

10

70

60

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