Proportion of Native English Speakers (1996 Census)

This map shows that Canada's official languages—French and English—are spread very unevenly and concentrated in the South along the Canada-U.S. border. Anglophones are most numerous in Ontario (8.0 million), followed by British Columbia (2.8 million) and Alberta (2.4 million). With the exception of Quebec, anglophones are the majority in all provinces and territories. They are least numerous in Quebec (572,085), where French speakers are the majority (5.7 million).

Map 1 Canada Percentage of francophones by 2006 Census Divisions (CDs)

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