Knowledge of Official Languages

 

The following table and accompanying figure display knowledge of official languages in Grey and Bruce counties (ability to carry out a conversation in English and/or French). Limited language proficiency could influence health by: 1) impairing access to health services; 2) creating economic difficulties; and 3) reducing social participation.[1] Most communities in Grey Bruce have very low proportions (i.e. less than 3%) of people who cannot speak English nor French. Exceptions include Southgate, Huron-Kinloss, Grey Highlands, Chatsworth, and Arran-Elderslie.

 

Table: Knowledge of Official Languages, Grey Bruce 2016

Geography

English only

English and French

French only

Neither English nor French

Ontario

86.0

11.2

0.3

2.5

Bruce

94.3

5.2

0.0

0.5

Arran-Elderslie

95.5

3.3

0.1

1.2

Brockton

95.9

4.0

0.0

0.1

Huron-Kinloss

93.3

4.3

0.0

2.4

Kincardine

92.1

7.7

0.0

0.3

Northern Bruce Peninsula

95.5

4.4

0.0

0.1

Saugeen Shores

92.7

7.1

0.0

0.1

South Bruce

95.8

3.9

0.0

0.3

South Bruce Peninsula

95.6

4.4

0.0

0.1

Grey

93.7

5.7

0.0

0.6

The Blue Mountains

91.4

8.4

0.0

0.1

Chatsworth

94.5

4.3

0.0

1.2

Georgian Bluffs

94.7

5.2

0.0

0.0

Grey Highlands

93.2

5.3

0.2

1.4

Hanover

94.2

5.5

0.0

0.3

Meaford

92.6

7.2

0.0

0.2

Owen Sound

93.1

6.6

0.0

0.2

Southgate

93.7

3.8

0.0

2.6

West Grey

95.7

4.1

0.0

0.3

 

Figure: Knowledge of Official Languages, Grey Bruce Municipalities 2016

Knowledge of Official Languages Graph

 

Read the full report here: Census Release III Languages

 

[1] Chiswick BR, Lee YL, Miller PW. Immigrant Selection Systems and Immigrant Health [Internet]. Bonn, Germany: Institute for the Study of Labor; 2006. Available from: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/eaa1/a65223e096f279b7ab981aef12695ab7c3bf.pdf

 

Source: 2017. Various Geographies. Census Profile - Age, Sex, Type of Dwelling, Families, Households, Marital Status and Language for Canada, Provinces and Territories, Census Divisions and Census Subdivisions. 2016 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-401-X2016052. Ottawa. Released Aug 2, 2017. http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/olc-cel/olc.action?objId=98-401-X2016052&objType=46&lang=en&limit=0 (accessed Aug 2 2017).

Note: Data from Neyaashiinigmiing and Saugeen First Nations are not presented due to high non-response rates (30.5% and 46.0% respectively