If you didn’t grow up speaking English or French in Canada, you most likely spoke Chinese, according to new census data released on Tuesday. Statistics Canada reported the number of people listing Chinese as their mother tongue grew by almost 18 percent, to 872,400, between 1996 and 2001.
That accounts for 2.9 percent of the country’s population of 31.4 million, up from 2.6 percent. The biggest concentration is in Vancouver, British Columbia, which has seen 3/4 of its increase in population come from immigrants from Asia.
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