Tagalog is now the fastest growing language in Canada, according to a new census undertaken by the Canadian government.
Results of the 2011 Census of Population: Linguistic Characteristics of Canadians released by Statistics Canada (StatCan) further showed that Tagalog is now the fifth most common non-official language spoken in Canadian households.
“Nearly 279,000 people reported speaking Tagalog most often in 2011, up from 170,000 five years earlier,” the survey said.
StatCan noted “the home languages showing the strongest growth between 2006 and 2011 were primarily Asian,” and the “the population that reported speaking the Philippine-based language Tagalog increased by 64 percent, the highest growth.”
Survey results show that Vancouver has one of the largest Canadian populations that speak Tagalog with 47,600 using it as their primary language at home in 2011.
Also, Tagalog is now the most common immigrant home language in Edmonton and the second most common in Calgary, after Punjabi.
More than 200 languages were reported in the 2011 Census of Population as a home language or mother tongue.
The top 10 immigrant languages spoken most often at home in 2011 were: Punjabi, Chinese, Cantonese, Spanish, Tagalog, Arabic, Mandarin, Italian, Urdu, and German.
In his report to the DFA, Philippine Ambassador to Canada Leslie Gatan said “Canada is some kind of a promised land as economic growth in Western Canada has created a wealth of new opportunities for Filipinos and many new immigrants are travelling to Edmonton, Winnipeg and Regina for jobs.”
By ROY C. MABASA