Infographic: What Canadians think about learning English and French (2021)


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8 out of 10 Canadians agree that more needs to be done so that young people can become bilingual.

Region Results
British Columbia and the territories 77%
Alberta 69%
Saskatchewan and Manitoba 64%
Ontario 81%
Quebec 96%
Atlantic 83%

Canadians support official languages:

  • English and French should continue to be taught in elementary schools across Canada.
    • 91% agree
  • If it takes more resources to guarantee the same quality of education for students from official language minority communities, then those resources should be made available.
    • 81% agree
  • Provincial governments should make more spaces available in immersion programs.
    • 76% agree
  • The Government of Canada should do more to support college and university programs for those who want to study in French outside Quebec.
    • 72% agree

Among Canadians who can speak in their second official language:

  • 84% learned the language in elementary or high school
    • 54% learned the language outside of school
  • 87% among Anglophones (in school)
    • 48% among Anglophones (outside of school)
  • 78% among Francophones (in school)
    • 66% among Francophones (outside of school)

Those who learned their second official language outside of school did so by:

  • socializing with friends;
  • watching TV, movies;
  • using it at work;
  • travelling;
  • using it at home with family.

More than 3 out of 4 parents feel it is important for their children to have the opportunity to learn both official languages and become bilingual.Footnote *

Return to footnote * referrer Results of an online panel survey (sample: 1,500 respondents) conducted by Environics for the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages in September and October 2021

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.

Date modified:
2022-02-24