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

Vancouver, (CMA) - British Columbia

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

Language Number Percentage of population with a mother tongue other than English or French Percentage of total population
Cantonese 193,030 17.7 7.9
Mandarin 180,170 16.5 7.4
Punjabi (Panjabi) 163,400 14.9 6.7
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 78,830 7.2 3.2
Korean 47,915 4.4 2.0

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

Language Number Percentage of population who spoke at least one language other than English or French at home Percentage of total population
Cantonese 191,940 18.3 7.9
Mandarin 190,465 18.2 7.8
Punjabi (Panjabi) 170,375 16.3 7.0
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 81,105 7.7 3.3
Korean 47,270 4.5 1.9

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

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

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

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

Knowledge of official languages, Vancouver, 2011 and 2016

Language 2016 2011
Number Percent Number Percent
Total 2,440,145 100 2,292,115 100
English 2,130,565 87.3 1,997,605 87.2
French 1,115 0.0 1,265 0.1
English and French 172,140 7.1 164,785 7.2
Neither English nor French 136,320 5.6 128,465 5.6

Mother tongue4, Vancouver, 2011 and 2016

Language 2016 2011
Number Percent Number Percent
Total 2,440,140 100 2,292,120 100
English 1,393,345 57.1 1,341,250 58.5
French 33,370 1.4 32,560 1.4
Other languages 1,093,305 44.8 980,460 42.8
Aboriginal languages 1,140 0.0 1,065 0.0
Immigrant languages 1,091,260 44.7 978,610 42.7

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

Language spoken at home1, Vancouver, 2011 and 2016

Language Only5 Mostly6 Equally7 Regularly8 Total
2016
English 1,364,550 258,185 187,180 237,990 2,047,905
French 3,185 5,440 6,370 23,165 38,160
Other languages 387,485 233,615 184,200 241,260 1,046,565
Aboriginal languages 65 35 205 800 1,105
Immigrant languages 386,695 233,470 183,500 239,760 1,043,430
2011
English 1,328,780 239,385 132,705 216,760 1,917,630
French 3,415 4,995 5,065 23,570 37,050
Other languages 369,350 212,765 130,810 223,045 935,965
Aboriginal languages 80 50 165 595 885
Immigrant languages 368,625 212,630 130,260 221,700 933,220

Language of work

English used at work, Vancouver, 2006 and 2016

English used at work 2016 2006
Number Percent Number Percent
All instances 1,403,555 96.8 1,219,665 96.7
Only 1,227,600 84.7 1,075,870 85.3
Mostly 102,960 7.1 91,560 7.3
Equally with another language 41,110 2.8 21,420 1.7
Regularly (in addition to the main language) 31,885 2.2 30,810 2.4
No mention 46,260 3.2 41,320 3.3
Total population9 1,449,815 100 1,260,985 100

French used at work, Vancouver, 2006 and 2016

French used at work 2016 2006
Number Percent Number Percent
All instances 19,545 1.3 20,265 1.6
Only 930 0.1 790 0.1
Mostly 2,315 0.2 2,190 0.2
Equally with another language 3,165 0.2 2,230 0.2
Regularly (in addition to the main language) 13,135 0.9 15,060 1.2
No mention 1,430,270 98.7 1,240,720 98.4
Total population9 1,449,815 100 1,260,985 100

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

Languages other than English or French used at work 2016 2006
Number Percent Number Percent
All instances 204,825 14.1 168,850 13.4
Only 45,240 3.1 40,330 3.2
Mostly 29,625 2.0 28,745 2.3
Equally with another language 38,370 2.6 19,645 1.6
Regularly (in addition to the main language) 91,590 6.3 80,135 6.4
No mention 1,244,995 85.9 1,092,135 86.6
Total population9 1,449,815 100 1,260,985 100

Symbols:

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incompletely enumerated Indian reserve or Indian settlement
r
revised
E
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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