Knowledge of official languages of person
Status: This standard was approved as a departmental standard on December 4, 2015.
Knowledge of official languages refers to whether the person can conduct a conversation in English only, French only, in both or in neither language. For a child who has not yet learned to speak, this includes languages that the child is learning to speak at home.
Person refers to an individual and is the unit of analysis for most social statistics programs.
Conformity to relevant internationally recognized standards
This standard is compatible with the recommendations for censuses contained in the United Nations' "Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Revision 3", 2017. The UN recommendations suggest four types of language data that can be collected in censuses, including "ability to speak one or more designated languages, including the country's official language(s)". As the languages of interest would vary from country to country, no classification is recommended. Finally, the UN recommends that the criteria for determining language for children not yet able to speak should be clearly indicated and this is done in this standard.
- Classification of Knowledge of Official Languages December 04, 2015 to current
Relation to previous version
- Knowledge of official languages of person December 04, 2015 to current
This is an update to 'Knowledge of official languages of person'. The definition of 'Knowledge of official languages' and its associated classification have been revised.
- Knowledge of official languages of person April 20, 2009 to December 03, 2015
This is a revision of the previous standard 'Official language'. Information has been added regarding children who have not yet learned to speak.
- Official language July 15, 1998 to April 19, 2009
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