Linguistic Vitality

 

Slight stabilization of French spoken at home


In 2006, 4,780 persons said they spoke French most often at home. Even though this number is in constant decrease, it should be noted that this decrease has slowed significantly since 1996.

In addition, a total of 7,945 persons, including 3,870 Anglophones, said they spoke French regularly at home even though this language isn't the most commonly used. This number has increased since 2001, when Statistics Canada introduced this new variable. Thus, French is maintaining its place in Saskatchewan homes.



French Spoken at Home, 1971-2006, Saskatchewan

French Spoken at Home, 1971-2006, Saskatchewan

Data from: Marmen and Corbeil, 2004 and Statistics Canada

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

... and more people know French


In Saskatchewan, the number of people with knowledge of French (alone or with English) has decreased between 2001 and 2006. This reflects the general decrease in the population of the province, which went from 963,150 to 953,850 in the same period. The number of people with knowledge of French has remained more or less stable since 1951.



Knowledge of French, 1951-2006, Saskatchewan

Knowledge of French, 1951-2006, Saskatchewan

Data from: Marmen and Corbeil, 2004 and Statistics Canada

A minority of people use French at work


In 2006, some 6,975 people in Saskatchewan said they used French most often or at least regularly at work. Even though this figure accounts for 24.7 percent of workers with knowledge of French, only 1.3 percent of Saskatchewan's active population uses this language at work.



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

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

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census