The census is designed to provide information about the demographic and social characteristics of the people living in Canada and the housing or dwelling units they occupy.
'Language' is the final major release of data for the 2011 Census of Population. Data are presented in different analytical and data products which illustrate the linguistic composition of the Canadian population, including languages spoken at home and knowledge of English, French and non-official languages, by other demographic characteristics.
The analytical document provides analysis on the key findings and trends in the data, and is complemented with highlight tables which present key indicators for various levels of geography, and the short articles found in the Census in Brief and the Focus on Geography Series.
The Census Profile is one data product which provides a statistical overview of user selected geographic areas based on a number of detailed variables and/or groups of variables. Other data products include topic-based tabulations which are a series of cross-tabulations ranging in complexity and are available for various levels of geography, as well as the Visual Census which provides a visual representation of selected variables accompanied by their tabular source data.