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People and Culture

English & French Speaking

As Canada is considered a bilingual (English and French) country, approximately 95% of individuals living in Newfoundland and Labrador speak English as their primarily language.  In this Province, French speaking individuals are mainly located in the Port-au-Port Peninsula regions on the West coast of the island. The English spoke in Newfoundland and Labrador contains features that originate from the British Isles in southwestern England and southeastern Ireland (Association for New Canadians Newfoundland and Labrador).

Current Immigrants

Immigration is an important element of population growth in Canada. It is estimated that by the year 2030, 100 percent of Canada’s population growth will be attributed to immigration (Labour Market Development Division).  According to the Atlantic Business Magazine, by 2026 the growth of the Canadian population will be dependent on the number of arriving immigrants (Bruce).

In 2003, the four Atlantic Provinces attracted 2,650 immigrants to the region. These immigrants offer various skills and diversity, including entrepreneurial skills to start businesses in Atlantic Canada. According to data from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, between the years of 1998 and 2003, there were 2,401 immigrants that came to our province Newfoundland and Labrador (Labour Market Development Division). 

In 2005, Prime Minister Paul Martin stated that “Canada needs more immigrants, plain and simple, and we need them to success. Too often, today’s new Canadians, despite higher levels of education on average, are not achieving economic success as quickly as in previous generations (Bruce)”.