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Punjabi the top home language after English in the Region of Peel

Peel Region’s rich cultural diversity is reflected in the many languages spoken in Peel homes. The latest release of 2011 Census data reports the top home languages in Peel other than English or French include Punjabi, Urdu, Polish, Spanish, Tamil, Arabic and Tagalog.

“The 2011 Census data confirms that Peel Region is the home of a growing, culturally diverse community,” said Regional Chair and CEO Emil Kolb. “As our population changes, the Region continues to ensure that residents are able to access the programs and services they need to enhance their quality of life.”

Census data indicates the top 10 home languages for people who do not speak English or French in Peel in 2011 include:
• Punjabi 7.4 per cent
• Gujarati 3.5 per cent
• Urdu 2.7 per cent
• Polish 1.8 per cent
• Spanish 1.4 per cent
• Tamil 1.2 per cent
• Arabic 1.2 per cent
• Tagalog 1.1 per cent
• Portuguese 1.1 per cent
• Chinese 1.0 per cent

English was the language most often spoken at home by 63.9 per cent of Peel residents, down from 67.8 per cent in 2006. In Peel, 3.9 per cent of residents had no knowledge of an official language, up from 3.7 per cent in 2006.

The data shows the top home languages other than English and French by Peel municipality in 2011 were Punjabi in Brampton (14.87 per cent), Urdu in Mississauga (3.42 per cent), and Italian in Caledon (1.99 per cent).

“While data on immigration and citizenship won’t be released until 2013, this release of language data gives us an early insight into Peel’s diverse community,” said Arvin Prasad, Director Integrated Planning, Region of Peel. “Home languages and mother tongues differ significantly in each of our municipalities.”

Peel Region reported information on Population and Dwelling Counts in February, Age and Sex in May, and in September, reported on Families, Households, and Marital Status and Structural Type of Dwelling and Collectives.

Posted: Dec 4, 2012

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