Language & Culture

As a multicultural nation, one in five Canadians is foreign-born (19.8%), the highest proportion in 75 years (Statistics Canada, 2007a). Calgary is a city of all faiths, all languages, and a world of cultural perspective, activity, and celebration.

 

  • 23.6% of Calgarians were born outside of Canada
  • Approximately 12,000 new immigrants arrive in Calgary per year
  • 22% of Calgary's population were visible minorities in 2006
  • 43.6% of new immigrants to Calgary in 2006 were born in Asia. China (16.4%), India (10.2%), Philippines (10%) and Pakistan (7%) were the leading countries of birth for immigrants to Calgary
  • 18% of Calgarians in 2001 spoke neither English nor French as their first language


Language by Mother Tongue

Total Population 1,070,295
Single Responses 1,056,760
English 797,555
French 16,310
Non-official languages 242,895
Chinese 54,275
Cantonese 18,520
Mandarin 7,775
Hakka 110
Chinese, n.o.s. 27,355
Italian 5,670
German 14,885
Polish 8,420
Spanish 14,515
Portuguese 2,365
Punjabi 21,185
Ukrainian 3,845
Arabic 9,600
Dutch 4,770
Tagalog (Pilipino) 14,790
Greek 1,580
Vietnamese 10,890
Cree 285
Inuktitut (Eskimo) 55
Other non-official languages 75,765
Multiple responses 13,535
English and French 1,845
English and non-official language 10,920
French and non-official language 600
English, French and non-official language 165

Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census
 

Population by Ethnic Origins

Total Population 1,070,295
British Isles origins 492,045
European origins 464,855
English 291,375
Western European origins 236,140
Other North American origins 223,205
Scottish 223,000
Canadian 207,790
German 182,940
Irish 175,575
Eastern European origins 170,415
East and Southeast Asian origins 126,895
French origins 109,930
French 109,180
Northern European origins 85,770
Scandinavian origins 81,580
Ukrainian 76,240
Chinese 75,410
Southern European origins 71,900
South Asian origins 60,025
East Indian 48,270
Polish 47,930
Dutch (Netherlands) 47,650
Aboriginal origins 41,785
Norwegian 35,930
Italian 33,650
Russian 30,975
Filipino 26,685
North American Indian 26,110

Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census