Dictionary, Census of Population, 2016
Knowledge of non-official languages
'Knowledge of non-official languages' refers to whether the person can conduct a conversation in a language other than English or French. For a child who has not yet learned to speak, this includes languages that the child is learning to speak at home. The number of languages that can be reported may vary between surveys, depending on the objectives of the survey.
Non-official Language(s) 2016
Number of Non-official Languages
2016 (25% sample); 2011Note 1 (30% sample); 2006, 2001, 1996 and 1991 (20% sample).
Direct variable: Question 16
See Figures 3.3, 3.3A, 3.3B, 3.3C and 3.3D.
For more information on language variables, including information on their classifications, the questions from which they are derived, data quality and their comparability with other sources of data, please refer to the Languages Reference Guide, Census of Population, 2016.