Most Spoken Languages in Canada

Can you name the two official languages, five most spoken indigenous languages and the twenty most prevelant immigrant languages in Canada?
According to Wikipedia
Population is by mother tongue
Chinese/Hindustani languages must be guessed separately!
Quiz by Jiaozira
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Last updated: September 19, 2020
First submittedSeptember 3, 2016
Times taken13,342
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Official
19.4 mil
English
7.1 mil
French
 
 
Indigenous
78.8 k
Cree
32.0 k
Inuktitut
11.1 k
Ojibwe
10.9 k
Innu
9.7 k
Chipewyan
Immigrant
592 k
Mandarin
565 k
Cantonese
501 k
Punjabi
458 k
Spanish
431 k
Tagalog
419 k
Arabic
384 k
German
375 k
Italian
221 k
Portuguese
214 k
Persian
Immigrant
210 k
Urdu
188 k
Russian
181 k
Polish
156 k
Vietnamese
153 k
Korean
140 k
Tamil
110 k
Hindi
108 k
Gujarati
106 k
Greek
102 k
Ukrainian
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Level 67
Aug 22, 2020
Updated to clean up the format, limit the amount of languages and seperate languages based on their status. Keep in mind that there are plenty more indigenous and immigrant languages, I have selected the five/twenty top most spoken languages for each, respectively.
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Level 83
Aug 22, 2020
Could we accept Anishinaabe or Anishinaabemowin for Ojibwe? It is, after all, the real name of the language.
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Level 67
Aug 22, 2020
I'll consider it, although Ojibwe seems to be a much more common name for the language.
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Level 72
Sep 19, 2020
That certainly used to be true, but may not any more. Anyway, the shift to Anishnaabe (tricky - a variety of spellings) is well under way. In the case of Chipewyan, I'm pretty sure it's better to use Dene (which worked as a type-in).
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Level 42
Sep 19, 2020
As a non-Indigenous person from Southern Ontario, I agree.

Anishinaabe is used far more than Ojibwe in schools and common conversation nowadays and Dene is used more than Chipewyan.

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Level 67
Sep 19, 2020
Anishinaabe will work now, because there's no reason not to accept it. Ojibwe and Chipewyan are still the names that appear on Wikipedia so I will not change them (although I personally heard the name Dene first and more frequently).
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Level 37
Apr 10, 2021
In Québec we use more Ojibwé than the other.
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Level 61
Aug 22, 2020
I think another similar quiz exists (also featured), but with less answers. I like the formatting of this quiz nevertheless. Congrats on the Feature!
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Level 67
Aug 23, 2020
Thank you! I believe that quiz uses slightly different metrics of measurement, although it is extremely similar. I had completely forgot that quiz existed.
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Level ∞
Aug 23, 2020
I also forgot about that quiz. I defeatured the older quiz since I like this one better and that particular user hasn't logged in since last October.
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Level 82
Sep 19, 2020
fewer*
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Level 72
Aug 23, 2020
Inuit is accepted as a type-in for Innu but I don't think that's correct, they are not related. Inuit should be a type-in for Inuktitut.
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Level 67
Aug 23, 2020
That is correct. While I've added that type in to Inuktitut for now, I may remove it seeing as, linguistically speaking, Inuit is a language family which includes Inuktitut, Greenlandic and a couple other living languages.
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Level 72
Sep 19, 2020
Are you sure about this? I don't think "Inuit" ever works to describe language. I think that, instead, the languages you mention are languages Inuit people use. Anyway, really fun quiz. I missed Innu - the only one not used in Manitoba - and was surprised at the absence of all African languages (especially Somali, Lingala, Swahili, Amharic, and Yoruba). I would have thought that at least two or three of these would have reached the threshold.
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Level 67
Sep 19, 2020
Yes I'm positive. I came across that bit of knowledge on Wikipedia under Inuit Languages (a part of the Greater Eskimo-Aleut Language Family). I didn't know that myself prior to researching the language families of both Inuktitut and Innu.
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Level 67
Sep 19, 2020
The top African language (after the Berber language family), is Somalian with 36,000 native speakers. There is a sizeable Black Canadian community, but I'm lead to believe many are of Caribbean heritage and speak either English or Haitian Creole.
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Level 65
Sep 19, 2020
yea you're right. I live in southern Ontario, and my city is 16% Caribbean. The black people here are mostly from the Caribbean and speak English.
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Level 66
Sep 19, 2020
I did not know there were so many Gujaratis and Tamils in Canada
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Level 76
Sep 19, 2020
In 2009 there was a big protest where the Tamils blocked a major highway in Toronto in response to the civil war in Sri Lanka

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protests_against_the_Sri_Lankan_Civil_War_in_Canada

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Level 70
Dec 12, 2020
yep! I met so many people from Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu in highschool. Gujarati was more of a guess for me, but Tamil was an easy one.
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Level 67
Dec 12, 2020
Interesting. I only met Sinhalese Sri Lankans when I was in school (also a result of the decades-long war). Most of the Indians I've encountered here in Southern Alberta were either Punjabi or Gujarati, leading me to suspect that Tamils are more common regionally out east.
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Level 55
Sep 19, 2020
Not enough Kannada speakers in Canada?
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Level 67
Sep 19, 2020
I have met some Kannada speakers in Canada, but I cannot find any signs of them having a notable population here. Can't find any population data on Wikipedia, but subtracting from the combined Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada population of 189,000 I reckon they have around 5,000 speakers in Canada.
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Level 72
Sep 19, 2020
I think old Prot was punning. Thanks for your thoughtful responses to my and other questions.
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Level 67
Sep 19, 2020
Ahh, I can't believe I missed that! I even wrote a spoof detailed article a while back about how Kannada is actually a Canadian language. And it's no problem, I try to respond to as many questions as I can.
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Level 50
Sep 19, 2020
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Level 78
Sep 19, 2020
Nice quiz, Jiaozira.
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Level 67
Sep 19, 2020
Thank you Ander!
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Level 76
Sep 19, 2020
The description misspells the word "tongue."
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Level 67
Sep 19, 2020
Fixed.
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Level 36
Sep 19, 2020
In the 2016 census, 100, 615 people reported Romanian as their mother tongue (first language learned). This represents 0.3 per cent of the total Canadian population.
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Level 67
Sep 19, 2020
Nice! But not enough to make it on this quiz.
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Level 46
Sep 21, 2020
Wouldn't it be funny if Kannada was on here?
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Level 60
Sep 22, 2020
the average score is 16, but we only get one point for that? what gives?
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Level 67
Sep 22, 2020
16 is the 44th percentile, and translates to 59% correct. Based on JetPunk's points system, you must score in the 50th percentile, or have 65% of the answers correct, in order to get two points. For one reason or another, there is always a large number of people who score 100% and they tend to drive average percentiles up quite a bit.
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Level 67
Sep 23, 2020
"one reason or another" - we know the reason! Nice quiz J :)
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Level 67
Sep 23, 2020
It's sheer brilliance 100% of the time, right? And thanks mate :)
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Level 62
Jan 18, 2021
Interesting quiz, love how you added an indigenous section.
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Level 67
Jan 18, 2021
Thanks! Thought it would be helpful to distinguish them from the otherwise long list of more recent immigrant languages (same with the official languages).
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Level 76
Feb 24, 2021
Agreed! I appreciate the effort that went into making an Indigenous languages section! Enjoyed the quiz very much.

I do wish you'd make the official languages a subsection of the immigrant language section; it's discomfiting and, dare I say, even problematic that it's not.

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Level 67
Feb 24, 2021
Thank you, I am glad you appreciated my decision. I do realise that English and French are not indigenous to our country, but since those are the languages that Canada was built on (and the languages of Canadian society at large), it wouldn't reflect the situation if I put them with the immigrant languages.
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Level 67
Feb 18, 2021
How common would you say Bengali is? My family visited one of my mom's friends in Toronto once, and there seemed to be a pretty sizeable Bengali community in one neighborhood. I also have a cousin who's moving to Canada. It seems a pretty popular destination for Bangladeshis now, especially after Trump's immigration restrictions.
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Level 67
Feb 18, 2021
Bengali missed the quiz by a couple placements (after Ukrainian it goes Dutch, Romanian and then Bengali). I was surprised that Bengali didn't make the top 20 because I have met several Bengalis/Bangladeshis in Lethbridge, AB and we are only a 2nd tier Canadian city. The South Asian community in Canada is growing very fast, maybe I will get to add Bengali after the new census data gets released this year.