Appreciation and Perception of Canada's Two Official Languages


Department of Canadian Heritage

Audiences and Access

August 2012

In the past 10 years, the Department of Canadian Heritage has had the opportunity to survey the Canadian population on different occasions on topics related to their appreciation of Canada’s two official languages. In an effort to better understand the views and attitudes of Canadians towards official languages and to contribute to a program evaluation, the Official Languages Support Programs Branch (OLSPB) conducted a pan-Canadian public opinion research telephone survey.

This survey discusses issues on themes such as appreciation of linguistic duality, linguistic majority / minority relations, official bilingualism and linguistic rights, official language knowledge and learning opportunities and public participation in Canada’s linguistic landscape.

Data tables are available on the Library and Archives Canada website:

Executive summary [PDF, 324.4 KB]

Full report [PDF, 6.6 MB]