Facts and figures 2009 – Immigration overview: Permanent and temporary residents

Permanent residents


Canada – Permanent residents by mother tongue

Number
Mother Tongue 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
English 19,560 22,136 18,868 18,694 22,032 22,906 24,884 26,615 28,751 27,534
Tagalog 9,612 12,557 10,610 11,442 12,443 16,332 16,099 16,539 20,835 25,282
Mandarin 31,389 36,178 28,127 31,714 31,456 37,321 28,049 23,207 26,086 25,137
Arabic 15,492 20,217 18,049 17,218 18,985 19,516 20,007 18,996 21,924 24,352
Spanish 8,719 10,143 10,461 12,489 14,319 17,106 17,059 16,913 16,292 16,306
Punjabi 14,038 14,402 15,270 13,845 13,256 17,037 17,714 14,281 14,314 15,684
French 5,343 5,597 5,199 5,391 6,802 7,476 7,430 8,305 8,334 9,275
Russian 9,449 10,017 9,416 8,392 8,759 8,637 7,300 7,293 6,697 7,268
Urdu 13,612 15,250 13,466 11,960 11,722 12,798 11,231 8,896 7,899 6,457
Korean 7,661 9,664 7,410 7,179 5,420 5,905 6,295 5,983 7,378 5,930
Chinese 8,760 7,113 6,768 4,412 4,656 5,743 6,114 5,230 5,693 5,772
Farsi 4,502 4,680 6,916 5,042 5,069 4,936 6,117 5,838 5,459 5,270
Hindi 4,303 5,339 5,320 4,395 5,347 6,017 5,220 4,604 4,615 4,984
Tamil 6,480 6,195 5,825 4,915 5,113 5,318 5,237 4,292 4,492 4,442
German 2,201 1,961 1,866 2,245 2,387 2,565 3,077 2,864 4,144 4,152
Gujarati 5,316 5,463 5,964 4,731 4,656 7,363 5,615 5,183 4,193 3,563
Portuguese 1,311 1,461 1,229 1,259 1,424 1,540 1,730 2,197 2,856 3,170
Romanian 4,540 5,628 5,815 5,559 5,859 5,261 4,877 4,494 3,536 3,096
Creole 1,786 2,693 2,415 2,386 2,254 2,252 1,956 1,989 3,142 2,938
Cantonese 5,322 4,704 5,243 5,207 5,008 5,452 4,677 3,977 3,434 2,936
Bengali 3,495 4,414 3,517 2,498 3,158 4,656 4,411 3,271 3,370 2,499
Other African languages 727 720 1,125 2,375 3,512 3,250 2,781 2,452 2,187 2,243
Vietnamese 1,782 2,058 2,164 1,709 1,814 1,872 3,062 2,540 1,916 2,201
Other Southeast Asia languages 572 617 403 507 702 742 1,093 1,479 2,102 2,037
Ukrainian 1,729 1,936 2,002 1,674 1,559 1,463 1,220 1,379 1,351 1,584
Top 25 languages 187,701 211,143 193,448 187,238 197,712 223,464 213,255 198,817 211,000 214,112
Other languages 39,754 39,497 35,601 34,110 38,113 38,777 38,387 37,937 36,247 38,067
Total 227,455 250,640 229,049 221,348 235,825 262,241 251,642 236,754 247,247 252,179
Percentage distribution
Mother Tongue 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
English 8.6 8.8 8.2 8.4 9.3 8.7 9.9 11.2 11.6 10.9
Tagalog 4.2 5.0 4.6 5.2 5.3 6.2 6.4 7.0 8.4 10.0
Mandarin 13.8 14.4 12.3 14.3 13.3 14.2 11.1 9.8 10.6 10.0
Arabic 6.8 8.1 7.9 7.8 8.1 7.4 8.0 8.0 8.9 9.7
Spanish 3.8 4.0 4.6 5.6 6.1 6.5 6.8 7.1 6.6 6.5
Punjabi 6.2 5.7 6.7 6.3 5.6 6.5 7.0 6.0 5.8 6.2
French 2.3 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.9 2.9 3.0 3.5 3.4 3.7
Russian 4.2 4.0 4.1 3.8 3.7 3.3 2.9 3.1 2.7 2.9
Urdu 6.0 6.1 5.9 5.4 5.0 4.9 4.5 3.8 3.2 2.6
Korean 3.4 3.9 3.2 3.2 2.3 2.3 2.5 2.5 3.0 2.4
Chinese 3.9 2.8 3.0 2.0 2.0 2.2 2.4 2.2 2.3 2.3
Farsi 2.0 1.9 3.0 2.3 2.1 1.9 2.4 2.5 2.2 2.1
Hindi 1.9 2.1 2.3 2.0 2.3 2.3 2.1 1.9 1.9 2.0
Tamil 2.8 2.5 2.5 2.2 2.2 2.0 2.1 1.8 1.8 1.8
German 1.0 0.8 0.8 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.2 1.2 1.7 1.6
Gujarati 2.3 2.2 2.6 2.1 2.0 2.8 2.2 2.2 1.7 1.4
Portuguese 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.9 1.2 1.3
Romanian 2.0 2.2 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.0 1.9 1.9 1.4 1.2
Creole 0.8 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.0 0.9 0.8 0.8 1.3 1.2
Cantonese 2.3 1.9 2.3 2.4 2.1 2.1 1.9 1.7 1.4 1.2
Bengali 1.5 1.8 1.5 1.1 1.3 1.8 1.8 1.4 1.4 1.0
Other African languages 0.3 0.3 0.5 1.1 1.5 1.2 1.1 1.0 0.9 0.9
Vietnamese 0.8 0.8 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.7 1.2 1.1 0.8 0.9
Other Southeast Asia languages 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.9 0.8
Ukrainian 0.8 0.8 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.6
Top 25 languages 82.5 84.2 84.5 84.6 83.8 85.2 84.7 84.0 85.3 84.9
Other languages 17.5 15.8 15.5 15.4 16.2 14.8 15.3 16.0 14.7 15.1
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

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