The Languages of Canada

Russian, is the primary language spoken at home for over 100,000 residents in Canada. Almost half of these speakers reside in the city of Toronto or suburban York region to the north, with the remainder in mostly big cities like Montreal and Vancouver. Punjabi, with well over 300,000 speakers, has giant communities in Greater Vancouver and Ontario’s Peel region, but virtually no presence east of Toronto. Canada’s Arabic-speaking community, on the other hand, with over 180,000 members, is focused primarily in Montreal, with smaller pockets in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Windsor. The 20,000-strong Japanese-speaking community resides almost exclusively in and around Vancouver, while the country’s modest group of Finnish speakers (numbering just over 3000) is concentrated in northern Ontario.

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