Infographic: Official languages, diversity, and Canada’s place in the world

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Support for official languages and for other forms of diversity can go hand in hand!

Canadians agree, including younger people and those from diverse backgrounds:

  • “Having two official languages, instead of just one official language, sends the signal that Canada values linguistic diversity.”
    • 86% overall
      • 91% among 18- to 34-year-olds
      • 87% among people whose mother tongue is neither English nor French
  • “Having two official languages has made Canada a more welcoming place for immigrants from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds.”
    • 79% overall
      • 85% among 18- to 34-year-olds
      • 79% among people born outside Canada
  • “Canada can and should promote both official languages and Indigenous languages at the same time.”
    • 78% overall
      • 89% among 18- to 34-year-olds
      • 92% among Indigenous respondents (*very small sample: 57 respondents)
  • “Canada’s official bilingualism policy and its multiculturalism policy work well together.”
    • 68% overall (same among Anglophones and Francophones)
      • 70% among 18- to 34-year-olds
      • 75% among racialized minorities

Official languages and Canada’s place in the world:

  • “Having two official languages is positive for Canada’s international image.”
    • 86%
      • 90% among 18- to 34-year-olds
      • 88% among those born outside Canada

Survey conducted by Environics for the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages in September and October 2021. The telephone survey results (sample: 1,507 respondents) have a margin of error at the national level of +/-2.5%, 19 times out of 20.

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