N.B. slightly less bilingual in corrected 2016 Census language data

A correction from Statistics Canada shows slightly fewer bilingual new Brunswickers than first reported from the 2016 Census data.

The agency was notified of anomalies in the language data released on August 2nd affecting various regions of Quebec, and began an investigation.

An error in a computer program led to incorrect allocation to census language questions for roughly 61,000 people, mainly in Quebec.

This resulted in an overestimation of the growth of English between 2011 and 2016, both as a mother tongue, and as a language spoken at home.

The new data still shows an increase in bilingualism in New Brunswick, but the percentage dropped one tenth of a percentage point from the August 2nd report to 33.9 percent.

Statistics Canada also says there are 1,100 more unilingual francophones in the province than previously reported.