Table 1
Number of people and proportion of the population reporting French by selected language characteristic, Canada, 2006 and 2011

Table 1 Number of people and proportion of the population reporting French by selected language characteristic, Canada, 2006 and 2011
Table summary
This table displays the results of table 1 number of people and proportion of the population reporting french by selected language characteristic. The information is grouped by language characteristic (appearing as row headers), canada, 2006 and 2011, calculated using number and percentage units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Description This table displays the results of table 1 number of people and proportion of the population reporting french by selected language characteristic. The information is grouped by language characteristic (appearing as row headers), canada, 2006 and 2011, calculated using number and percentage units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Language characteristic Canada
2006 2011
number percentage number percentage
Mother tongue 6,970,405 22.3 7,298,180 22.0
Language spoken at home 7,463,665 23.9 7,892,195 23.8
Most often 6,777,665 21.7 7,115,100 21.5
On a regular basis 686,000 2.2 777,095 2.3
First official language spoken 7,370,350 23.6 7,691,705 23.2
Ability to conduct a conversation 9,590,700 30.7 9,960,590 30.1
Notes: The percentages in tables 1 to 7 indicate the proportion of the population, for the given geographical unit, with French as mother tongue, language spoken at home or first official language spoken, or with the ability to conduct a conversation in French. The percentages should therefore not be totalled.
Information for the 2011 Census of Population came from 100% data, while information for earlier censuses came from 20% sample data.
Sources: Statistics Canada, censuses of population, 2006 and 2011.