May 11 2021
The data on language knowledge and use collected via the census has an impact on your family’s daily life. Governments, municipalities, as well as organizations and associations use this date to plan where and how to offer a variety of services – including French-language schools.
Having the best possible picture of French in your community and throughout the country is a win-win for everybody. On May 11, help us make that picture… because you matter!
The data on language knowledge and use collected via the census has an impact on your family’s daily life. Governments, municipalities, as well as organizations and associations use this date to plan where and how to offer a variety of services – including French-language schools. Having the best possible picture of French in your community and throughout the country is a win-win for everybody. On May 11, help us make that picture… because you matter!
If you received the short form census, you’ll have to answer the following questions:
If you received the long form census, you will have to answer the same questions, but will also be asked two further questions on the languages you use at work.
If you’re filling out the census questionnaire on behalf of your entire household, you will have to answer these questions for each member.
Keep in mind that answers may vary depending on the person. Take the time to read and understand the questions and discuss them with members of your household to answer in a way that best describes their specific reality. It’s possible that your spouse may say he or she uses French the most at home, but that your daughter will say that she speaks both French and English equally.
If you live elsewhere than Quebec, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms grants your children the right to education in the language of the minority if:
For the first time this year, the census will count the children who have a right to education in the language of the minority because their parents received their education in this language.
Until now, estimations of the number of children with that right were too low. This year, with these new questions, things will change.
Having more accurate numbers will allow for construction of schools designed from the start for the right capacity, instead of having schools built too small and running out of space after two or three years.
Yes it does. Here’s what counts as receiving your education in French:
However, a French immersion program does not count as French-language education in the census.
No, it’s not true. Knowing both French and English has no bearing on whether you or your spouse get sorted as Francophone or not. In fact, Statistics Canada doesn’t define who is a Francophone and who isn’t.
Statistics Canada does calculate some variables to determine who uses French as a main language of communication in daily life, but mother tongue and languages spoken at home also factor into these calculations.
Just describe your reality by answering that your mother tongue is neither French nor English, but that you know French and use it at home. This will enable Statistics Canada to include you in the data on people who use French as their main language of communication in daily life. That is to say – Francophones!
Because your government, your municipality and community organizations need this information to know where they need to offer knew services or improve existing ones. This includes recreation programs, day camps, the location of new schools and even employment assistance services!
Your answers are also important for researchers studying the evolution of language in Canada. The data allows them to:
Officially, the census is on May 11. It’s possible that you’ll receive the form by mail or electronically before then, but you will be asked to answer based on your household’s situation on May 11.
If you’re late, you still have until the end of the month to fill out the questionnaire, but once again, keep in mind that your answers must reflect your household’s situation on May 11.