BY THE NUMBERS: HOW ARE COMMUNITIES COUNTED?

Statistics are used to paint a picture – to tell a story. What statistics are presented, and how they are
utilized and to what ends, is another matter. They are instruments used at the discretion of the
storyteller.

Canadians have a special interest in statistics that tell our linguistic story. We pay special attention to
statistics related to our two official languages, and to the languages of Indigenous people.

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