French doing fine in the workplace in Quebec

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

From here in French. The numbers here are fairly interesting: while the usage of French in the workplace is either increasing, about the same, or in a very tiny decline, the usage of English on some occasion or another has also increased.

French at work has advanced in Quebec over the past 40 years, according to a study by the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF). The OQLF has studied data on the usage of languages at work since 1971 in Quebec, and estimates that the percentage of workers that use French went from 83% in 1971 to 91% in 1989. In the region of Montreal the usage of French went from 69% to 83% over the same period. Following this was a slight decline over the next 20 years: in 2010, 89% of those in Quebec mostly used French at work, and 85% in Montreal.

French is the most common in firms with fewer than 50 employees.

French in the workplace has also increased steadily among allophones in the past 40 years. 42% of them in 1971 used French mostly at work; in 2010 the number was 68%.

The 2010 study reveals that it is a minority of those in Quebec that work only in French: 63% of workers have used English to one degree or another in their professional lives. This situation was more prevalent in Montreal (82%) than elsewhere in Quebec (53%).


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