Visual Census – Language, Ottawa - Gatineau

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Figure 4.1 Population by knowledge of official languages, Ottawa - Gatineau, 2011

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This bar graph shows the population (in percentage) by knowledge of official languages, Ottawa - Gatineau, 2011.

The Y axis shows percentage of population.

The X axis shows, from left to right, English only, French only, English and French and neither English nor French.

Table 4.1 Population by knowledge of official languages, Ottawa - Gatineau, 2011
Table Summary

This table shows the percentage of the population by knowledge of official languages. The column headings are: official language and population in percentage. The rows are: English only, French only, English and French and neither English nor French along with their corresponding values.

Official language Population (percentage)
English only 45.5
French only 8.6
English and French 44.8
Neither English nor French 1.1

Figure 4.2 The most common non-official-language mother tongues,Footnote 1 Ottawa - Gatineau, 2011

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This vertical bar graph shows the most common non-official-language mother tongues, Ottawa - Gatineau, 2011.

The Y axis shows the following mother tongues:

  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • Chinese, n.o.s.
  • Italian
  • Mandarin
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Cantonese
  • Somali
  • Persian (Farsi)

The X axis shows number of responses.

Table 4.2 The most common non-official-language mother tongues,Footnote 1 Ottawa - Gatineau, 2011
Table Summary

This table shows the most common non-official-language mother tongues. The column headings are: mother tongue and number of responses. The rows are the most common non-official-language mother tongues and their corresponding values.

Mother tongue Number of responses
Arabic 38,080
Spanish 16,260
Chinese, n.o.s. 14,055
Italian 10,910
Mandarin 7,515
German 7,140
Portuguese 7,030
Cantonese 6,960
Somali 6,885
Persian (Farsi) 6,855

Figure 4.3 Mother-tongue retention,Footnote 2 Ottawa - Gatineau, 2011

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This stacked bar graph shows mother-tongue retention, Ottawa - Gatineau, 2011. There are two data series, one showing complete retention (language spoken most often at home) and the other showing partial retention (language spoken regularly at home).

The Y axis shows the following mother tongues: English, French and non-official language.

The X axis shows mother-tongue retention in percentage.

Table 4.3 Mother-tongue retention,Footnote 2 Ottawa - Gatineau, 2011
Table Summary

This table shows mother-tongue retention. The column headings are: mother tongue and mother-tongue retention in percentage. The latter is divided in complete retention, language spoken most often at home and partial retention, language spoken regularly at home. The rows are: English, French and non-official language along with their corresponding values.

Mother tongue Mother-tongue retention (in percentage)
Complete retention: Language spoken most often at home Partial retention: Language spoken regularly at home
English 97.5 1.5
French 84.9 8.4
Non-official language 57.6 23.6

Footnotes

Footnote 1

Counts for mother tongue include single response of a language as well as multiple responses of a language with English and/or French.

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Footnote 2

Counts for mother tongue and home language include single response of a language as well as multiple responses of a language with English and/or French. Retention refers to the situation where people speak their mother tongue at home. Retention is defined as 'complete' when the mother tongue is the language spoken most often and 'partial' when it is spoken on a regular basis but not most often. The (complete or partial) retention rate refers to the proportion of the population with a given mother tongue that speaks that language at home most often or on a regular basis. The retention rate provides an indication of a group's linguistic vitality, particularly the importance of transmitting languages between generations.

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Sources

Figure 4.1, Figure 4.2, Figure 4.3

Source: Statistics Canada, 2011 Census of population.

How to cite

Statistics Canada. 2012. Visual Census. 2011 Census. Ottawa. Released October 24, 2012.
http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/dp-pd/vc-rv/index.cfm?Lang=ENG&TOPIC_ID=4&GEOCODE=505 (accessed December 12, 2018).

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