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While English and French are still the main languages spoken in Canada, the country’s linguistic diversity continues to grow
Immigration drove up the number of Canadians who spoke predominantly a language other than English or French at home, from 4.0 million in 2016 to 4.6 million in 2021. English was the first official language spoken by 75.5% of the country’s population, up from 74.8% in 2016, while French was the first official language spoken by 21.4% of Canadians in 2021, down from 22.2% in 2016.
Question-level quality indicators for the 2021 Census of Population
Data quality indicators for questions asked on the 2021 Census of Population questionnaires are now available. These quality indicators include non-response rates and imputation rates for most of the questions asked of the total population. Quality indicators are also available for key income variables.
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