Census data released today by Statistics Canada continues to suggest English is the language of choice in Cornwall homes.
The data says of the 57,850 individuals polled in the May, 2011 census, some 49,100 reported English was the language spoken most often at home. French came next at 6,035, followed by 1,275 who spoke a non-official language.
In addition, 940 said they spoke both English and French at home, 440 said they used English and another non-official language while just 20 used French and a non-official language. Forty people said they used both English and French, as well as a non-official language.
Across the country official languages appear to be losing ground to other tongues, according to the census data, with 20 per cent of Canadians speaking a language other than English or French at home.
From Asian dialects to Middle Eastern languages, about 6.6 million people said they speak a non-official language at home.
More than 200 different languages were identified in the census. Out of those it was Tagalong, a Philippine-based language, that showed the largest increase in popularity.
While the census showed a slight drop in the number of English and French speakers, it also indicated that official bilingualism increased marginally.
About 5.8 million Canadians said they have the ability to speak in both English and French. That gain was measured incrementally, nudging up to 17.5 per cent from 17.4.
More to come.