Census 2011: Most English-speakers in Quebec homes in decades

The Gazette, Lynn Moore

MONTREAL – Slice them, dice them or drill down into Statistics Canada census figures and the bottom line remains encouraging for English-speaking Quebecers.

There are even “good news” numbers, say those who follow the evolving demographics of the province.

The 2011 census “shows continued growth in real terms” in Quebec’s English-speaking communities, said Jack Jedwab, executive director of the Association for Canadian Studies.

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The stability in the number of English-speaking Quebecers, as shown in the census figures, may reflect “the social capital” of its community, said Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director of the Quebec Community Groups Network.

“Our institutions are still here to service the English community, so people feel that there is more to gain in staying than in leaving,” she said.

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