All languages used at work of person 15 years or over
Status: This standard was approved as a departmental standard on September 24, 2021.
All languages used at work refers to all languages that the person uses in their job on a regular basis.
Person 15 years or over refers to an individual whose age is 15 years or over.
'All languages used at work' applies to non-institutional residents who worked at some point in the reference period.
For the census, it usually relates to the job the person held in the week prior to enumeration. However, if the person did not work during that week but had worked at some time since January 1 of the prior year, the information relates to the job held longest during that period.
'All languages used at work' may also be collected for other jobs, depending on the objective of the survey. However, for it to be collected, a person must be associated with a job, current or past.
'All languages used at work' may be analyzed using the 'List of languages'. Here, if the person reported two or more languages, they are classified using the appropriate 'multiple responses' category. Using this approach, the sum of the count of all categories is equal to the size of the total population. The category, 'none', is not used.
'All languages used at work' may also be analyzed by looking at each language separately. Here, the 'List of languages, total responses' should be referred to. This approach is used to look at all responses of a specific language, regardless of whether or not another language was also reported by the same person.
In this second approach, counts are based on the number of times a language was reported, that is, each instance provided for each language used at work. Given that a person could have reported more than one languages used at work, the counts for the specific languages cannot be meaningfully combined, as individuals could be included in the count for more than one language. Hence, the sum of the count of all languages could be greater than the total population.
Conformity to relevant internationally recognized standards
The List of languages is based on the international standard ISO 639 presented in the Ethnologue, using those categories that are applicable to the Canadian population and adding supplementary detail on Indigenous languages spoken in Canada.
- Classification of languages 2021 - Inuit languages variant September 24, 2021 to current
- Collapsed classification of languages 2021 September 24, 2021 to current
- Language used most often at work of person 15 years or over
- Other language(s) used regularly at work of person 15 years or over
Relation to previous version
- All languages used at work of person 15 years or over September 24, 2021 to current
This is the current standard.