Dictionary, Census of Population, 2021
Potential demand for federal communications and services in the minority official language

Release date: August 17, 2022

Definition

Potential demand for federal communications and services in the minority official language is used to estimate the potential significant demand for the provision of federal communications and services in the minority official language.

Statistical unit(s)

Classification(s)

Reported in

2021 (100% data)

Reported for

Total population

Question number(s)

Derived variable: Questions 9a) and 10

Responses

Not applicable

Remarks

The derivation method for this variable is described within the Regulations Amending the Official Languages (Communications with and Services to the Public) Regulations (SOR/2019‑242 June 25, 2019) registered on June 25, 2019, in accordance with section 85 of the Official Languages Act, R.S.C., c. 32 (4th Supp.).

The derivation method considers the first language learned and still understood (mother tongue) and the languages spoken at home (home language). The derivation rules assign persons to the potential demand for federal communications and services in the English minority official language when the place of residence is Quebec and the mother tongue or home language (spoken most often or on a secondary basis) includes English as a single response or in combination with another language. The derivation rules also assign persons to the potential demand for federal communications and services in the French minority official language when the place of residence is a province outside of Quebec or territory, and the mother tongue or home language (spoken most often or on a secondary basis) includes French as a single response or in combination with another language.

For more information on language variables, including information on their classifications, the questions from which they are derived, data quality and their comparability with other sources of data, please refer to the Languages Reference Guide, Census of Population, 2021.

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