“The fact that Canada can do business in both French and English is a considerable economic asset, and governments should do more to leverage our official languages for our country’s economic growth.”
Source: Abacus Data, September 2019
Bilingual Businesses and Workers are Already Making a Difference for the Canadian Economy
According to the Conference Board of Canada:
- Bilingual Canadians outside Quebec contribute $134.8 billion to Canada’s gross domestic product;
- Bilingualism generates $3 billion annually in exports for Quebec and New Brunswick, $2 billion of which are directly linked to the knowledge of French.
The bilingual workforce outside Quebec accounts for 10 percent of Canada’s GDP.
The World is Becoming More Francophone
The French-speaking population worldwide is expected to double by 2050, to reach 715 million Francophones. Strengthening Canada’s two official languages puts our country in a winning position in the global economy of the 21st century.