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The letter C inside a yellow triangle - correctionUpdate of the 2016 Census language data

Halifax, (CMA) - Nova Scotia

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Most common mother tongue languages other than English or French, Halifax, 2016

Language Number Percentage of population with a mother tongue other than English or French Percentage of total population
Arabic 7,310 21.4 1.8
Mandarin 4,065 11.9 1.0
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 1,780 5.2 0.4
Spanish 1,520 4.4 0.4
German 1,310 3.8 0.3

Most common languages other than English or French spoken at home1, Halifax, 2016

Language Number Percentage of population who spoke at least one language other than English or French at home Percentage of total population
Arabic 7,800 23.0 2.0
Mandarin 4,200 12.4 1.1
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 1,885 5.6 0.5
Spanish 1,880 5.6 0.5
Russian 1,200 3.5 0.3

Figure 1.1 Official language minority (number and proportion), Halifax, 1996 to 2016

Figure 1.1 description Figure 1.1 Official language minority (number and proportion), Halifax, 1996 to 2016

Figure 1.2 Rate of English-French bilingualism, Halifax, 1996 to 2016

Figure 1.2 description Long description for Figure 1.2 Rate of English-French bilingualism, Halifax, 1996 to 2016

Knowledge of official languages, Halifax, 2011 and 2016

Language 2016 2011
Number Percent Number Percent
Total 399,575 100 386,440 100
English 347,440 87.0 338,465 87.6
French 345 0.1 380 0.1
English and French 49,585 12.4 46,405 12.0
Neither English nor French 2,210 0.6 1,190 0.3

Mother tongue4, Halifax, 2011 and 2016

Language 2016 2011
Number Percent Number Percent
Total 399,570 100 386,440 100
English 358,395 89.7 352,200 91.1
French 12,255 3.1 11,940 3.1
Other languages 34,235 8.6 26,075 6.7
Aboriginal languages 105 0.0 120 0.0
Immigrant languages 33,930 8.5 25,740 6.7

Figure 1.3 Mother tongue other than English or French, Halifax, 1996 to 2016

Language spoken at home1, Halifax, 2011 and 2016

Language Only5 Mostly6 Equally7 Regularly8 Total
2016
English 352,755 18,460 8,230 9,535 388,975
French 1,530 2,130 1,480 8,920 14,060
Other languages 8,845 7,555 7,135 10,325 33,865
Aboriginal languages 5 15 35 110 165
Immigrant languages 8,705 7,525 6,980 10,020 33,230
2011
English 349,440 16,095 4,855 8,165 378,550
French 1,495 2,165 1,060 8,100 12,825
Other languages 6,175 6,130 4,110 8,730 25,145
Aboriginal languages 5 5 15 100 125
Immigrant languages 6,050 6,105 3,950 8,445 24,550

Language of work

English used at work, Halifax, 2006 and 2016

English used at work 2016 2006
Number Percent Number Percent
All instances 240,465 99.6 227,895 99.8
Only 228,595 94.7 217,175 95.1
Mostly 9,025 3.7 8,295 3.6
Equally with another language 1,505 0.6 1,050 0.5
Regularly (in addition to the main language) 1,335 0.6 1,370 0.6
No mention 925 0.4 560 0.2
Total population9 241,390 100 228,450 100

French used at work, Halifax, 2006 and 2016

French used at work 2016 2006
Number Percent Number Percent
All instances 9,660 4.0 9,295 4.1
Only 475 0.2 400 0.2
Mostly 1,045 0.4 1,150 0.5
Equally with another language 955 0.4 825 0.4
Regularly (in addition to the main language) 7,190 3.0 6,930 3.0
No mention 231,725 96.0 219,155 95.9
Total population9 241,390 100 228,450 100

Languages other than English or French used at work, Halifax, 2006 and 2016

Languages other than English or French used at work 2016 2006
Number Percent Number Percent
All instances 3,350 1.4 2,205 1.0
Only 450 0.2 135 0.1
Mostly 290 0.1 225 0.1
Equally with another language 590 0.2 275 0.1
Regularly (in addition to the main language) 2,015 0.8 1,570 0.7
No mention 238,045 98.6 226,245 99.0
Total population9 241,390 100 228,450 100

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incompletely enumerated Indian reserve or Indian settlement
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revised
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use with caution

Source:

Statistics Canada. 2017. Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-404-X2016001. Ottawa, Ontario. Data products, 2016 Census.

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