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Canada's French Language ... its Geographic Distribution

The following map shows the regional differences in the extent to which people in Canada's cities speak French.  The map depicts data from the 1996 Census, conducted every five years by Statistics Canada.  People who listed "French" as their mother tongue are shown as a % of the total of:  French mother tongue plus English mother tongue.  While this is a good indicator of how often one is likely to hear French on the streets of most Canadian cities, it is important to note that in some cities, such as Toronto and Vancouver, neither French nor English is the mother tongue of a large number of people, those who've immigrated from Asia, Europe and other parts of the world, in the past several decades.

Click on the different regions of Canada (West, Central, East) to zoom in and find the names and language characteristics of our individual cities: