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2016 Census: Languages

Summary of Facts

  • In 2016, 89.6% of Peel residents had knowledge of English, down from 90.0% in 2011. In 2016, 89.1%, 90.0%, and 92.0% of Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon residents had knowledge of English, compared to 89.5%, 90.4%, and 92.6% in 2011, respectively. In the GTA, 87.9% of residents had knowledge of English, down from 88.2% in 2011.

  • In Peel, 4.0% of residents had no knowledge of an official language, up slightly from 3.9% in 2011. In the GTA, 4.1% of residents had no knowledge of an official language, up slightly from 4.0% in 2011. In 2016, 3.6%, 4.8%, and 1.6% of Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon residents had no knowledge of an official language, compared to 3.5%, 4.6%, and 1.0% in 2011, respectively. In Peel, English was the language most often spoken at home by 60.9% of residents, down from 63.9% in 2011. English was spoken at home by 85.7% of Caledon residents, compared to 60.7% and 58.4% of Mississauga and Brampton residents, respectively. In the GTA, 67.2% of residents spoke English most often at home, down from 69.0% in 2011.

  • Of non-official languages spoken in Peel, Punjabi was the language most often spoken at home (7.9% of single responses), while in Mississauga it was Urdu (3.7% of single responses), in Brampton it was Punjabi (15.6% of single responses) and in Caledon it was Punjabi (3.6% of single responses).

Did You Know?

  • Single Responses count people who speak or know one language.

  • Multiple Responses count people who speak or know multiple languages at home or have more than one mother tongue.

CENSUS BULLETIN - Languages

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  • 2016 Census - Languages

  • Tabular data extracted from the Statistics Canada 2016 Census Language release for Peel, Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon. It includes the mother tongue (single & multiple responses), the language spoken most at home, and the knowledge of official languages.