Linguistic Vitality

French is still the language of the family ...


In 2006, a total of 216,115 New Brunswick residents said they spoke French most often at home, compared with 199,080 who did so in 1971.

Another 27,985 people, or 3,000 more than in 2001, said they spoke French regularly at home. This shows the vitality of French even in exogamous marriages.
 

French Spoken at Home, 1971-2006, New Brunswick

French Spoken at Home, 1971-2006, New Brunswick

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

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

Knowledge of French is more and more widespread


In New Brunswick, the number of people who know French (alone or with English) has grown by more than 50% since the 1950s. Today, 313,835 people, or 43.6% of the province's population, are able to speak French - a rate of bilingualism almost the same as that of Quebec. While a majority of New Brunswickers still do not have a knowledge of French, the number of people who know the language has grown by over 75,000 since 1971. This indicates that French and the Acadian culture are attractive to the residents of New Brunswick, and the province thus has the asset of a growing Francophile population.
 

Knowledge of French, 1951-2006, New Brunswick

Knowledge of French, 1951-2006, New Brunswick

Data from: Marmen and Corbeil, 2004 and Statistics Canada

Widespread use of French in the workplace


In 2006, a total of 111,810 New Brunswickers reported using French most often at work. If we add to this number the 44,540 people who reported using French regularly at work (even though it was not the language used most often), we find that over 90% of the active population with a knowledge of French is able to work in that language.
 

Use of French at Work, Active Population with Knowledge of French, 2006, New Brunswick

Use of French at Work, Active Population with Knowledge of French, 2006, New Brunswick

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census