Linguistic Vitality

French spoken at home remains stable...


In 2006, 321,555 people reported speaking French most often at home, which represents a slight decrease from 2001. However, the number of persons who reported speaking French regularly at home, even if French was not the language spoken most often, increased by close to 10% from 2001 to 2006. More than 92,000 Ontarians with English as their mother tongue regularly speak French at home.
 

French Spoken at Home, 1971-2006, Ontario

French Spoken at Home, 1971-2006, Ontario

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

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

... and more and more people know French


The knowledge of French is widespread in Ontario, with 1,426,540 people able to speak it in 2006, representing 12% of the Ontarian population. Nearly 50,000 people can only speak French.
 

Knowledge of French, 1951-2006, Ontario

Knowledge of French, 1951-2006, Ontario

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

French at work


French is used most often at work by 142,695 people, whereas 268,620 people indicate using it regularly. In total, 48.5 percent of the active population with knowledge of French is able to work in that language. However, this percentage accounts for only 6 percent of the overall active population of Ontario.
 

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

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

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census