Linguistic Vitality

A sustained increase in French spoken at home...


After a decrease from 22,700 in 1971 to 17,822 in 1996, the number of people speaking French most often at home experienced a renewed increase - from 21,575 in 2001 to 23,505 in 2006.

Also, 33,180 Albertans say they use French regularly at home, even though it isn't the main language used. This is 6,000 more than in 2001. Of this number, more than 14,000 have English as their mother tongue.
 

French spoken at home, 1971-2006, Alberta

French spoken at home, 1971-2006, Alberta

Data: Marmen and Corbeil, 2006, and Statistics Canada

* Statistics Canada started collecting data on other languages spoken regularly at home in 2001

... and more and more people know French


In 2006, 225,085 Albertans said they knew French, compared to 204,800 in 2001. This represents a bit under 7 percent of the population.

French is the most common language after English, before the Chinese languages (116,000 speakers) and German (104,000 speakers).
 

Knowledge of French, 1951-2006, Alberta

Knowledge of French, 1951-2006, Alberta

Data: Marmen and Corbeil, 2006, and Statistics Canada

Modest percentages for French at work


In 2006, close to 32,500 Albertans said they used French most often or at least regularly in the workplace. Even though this number is modest - only 1.4 percent of the total active population - it still accounts for close to 22 percent of those within that active population who knowthe French language, and will likely increase as the growth of the community results in an increased demand for services in French.
 

Use of French at Work, Active Population with Knowledge of French, 2006, Alberta

Use of French at Work, Active Population with Knowledge of French, 2006, Alberta

Data: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census