Linguistic Vitality

More French spoken at home


The number of people who speak mostly French at home has almost quadrupled since 1971, reaching 605 in 2006.

In addition, 660 people say they speak French regularly at home, even though it isn't the most commonly used language. This means that 1,265 inhabitants of Yukon speak French at home.

This strong presence of French in the daily life of families is an important element of the vitality of the Francophone community in Yukon. In a context where French is increasingly in close contact with English everywhere in the territory, the increase in numbers in the last 20 years can seem surprising. However, the services and activities offered by the Association franco-yukonnaise, as well as the creation of a school and a daycare centre, certainly have an impact on the linguistic vitality of the community.
 

French Spoken at Home, 1971-2006, Yukon

French Spoken at Home, 1971-2006, Yukon

Data from: Marmen and Corbeil, 2004 and Statistics Canada

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

Knowledge of French is increasingly widespread


In Yukon, there are seven times more people who know French (alone or with English) than in 1951. Today, more than 3,545 people in the territory can speak French, representing an impressive 11.7 percent of the population. This is also an increase of 500 people over 2001.

With 1,060 speakers, German follows English and French in the list of most commonly spoken languages.
 

Knowledge of French, 1951-2006, Yukon

Knowledge of French, 1951-2006, Yukon

Data from: Marmen and Corbeil, 2004 and Statistics Canada

A growing presence of French at work


In 2006, 820 inhabitants of Yukon worked in French most often or at least regularly, representing 32.5 percent of the active population with knowledge of French. In total, 4.3 percent of the active population in Yukon uses French at least regularly at work
 

Use of French at Work by People with Knowledge of French, 2006, Yukon

Use of French at Work by People with Knowledge of French, 2006, Yukon

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census