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all Canadians speak english and french?
This is just a question.
I really would like to know if all Canadians speak also French because it is an official language of Canada too.
But I am curious if they speak both language in day-to-day.

May 10, 2020 12:55 AM
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all Canadians speak english and french?
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Small correction: Do all Canadians speak English and French?


In general, no. Western Canada is anglophone (about 24 million people). Most anglophone children study French in school for about five years, get to a very basic level, and then never use it as adults. Eastern Canada is mostly francophone (about 12 million people). Most francophone children study English and then never use it as adults.
May 10, 2020
The odd thing is that French is taught in schools across the country. There's core French that everyone has to take, maybe an hour a day. There is at least 1 mandatory French credit that you would have to take in high school as well. So Canadians have a background, however minor.

I was in the French Immersion program where it is 100% French from Senior Kindergarten to Grade 4, then 50% French thereafter. But, French Immersion only trains you to a B1-B2 proficiency level after 13 years. The opportunity to be CEFR C-level is possible if one were so inclined.

It's worth learning French in Canada because it will allow you to secure government employment. In Canada, government work is well remunerating and pretty secure. Also, while taxes are higher and salaries are lower in Quebec, they have the best social programs in the country. I haven't had to use my French in Toronto but I'm sure it gave me an edge in job hunting. It had been mentioned in interviews a few times.
May 10, 2020
If you want numbers:
58% of Canadians are anglophone (English is their first or main language)
21.5% of Canadians are francophone (French is their first or main language)
21% of Canadians are allophone (some other language is their first or main language.) Specifically, 3.5% have Chinese as their first language, 1.5% have Punjabi, and 1.3% have Spanish.

The Province of Quebec is 79% Francophone, 9% anglophone, and 12% allophone.
The territory of Nunavut 32% Anglophone, 2% Francophone, and 67% Allophone (mostly speaking the Inuit languages Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun). However, the total population of Nunavut is very small.

Across Canada, 43.4% of Francophones consider themselves bilingual in English, and 9% of Anglophones consider themselves bilingual in French. 11.8% of Allophones are trilingual in English, French, AND their native language, and the majority of allophones are bilingual in either English OR French. 66% of Anglophones who live in Quebec are bilingual in French.

All of these numbers came from one of these two web pages:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Canada#Home_language:_rates_of_language_use_1971%E2%80%932006
https://web.archive.org/web/20090213165703/http://www.salic-slmc.ca/showpage.asp?file=langues_en_presence%2Flangues_off%2Ftaux_biling&language=en&updatemenu=true
May 10, 2020
Unfortunately no. French is only present in the province of Quebec and some parts of New-Brunswick and Ontario. The capital of Canada, Ottawa is in Ontario and at the border of Quebec's Gatineau. In both cities, most of the people are bilingual. For the rest, of Canada, it's very rare to find someone who speaks french. Although it is an official language and you can find, english is much more predominant. Even in some Montreal areas (which is part of Quebec), there are a lot of anglophones neighborhoods that do not (or do not want to) speak French.
May 10, 2020
Outside of Quebec, even Chinese and Hindi are more common than French.
May 10, 2020
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