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Old 10-10-2012, 09:10 AM
 
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According to this Wikipedia article:

Language demographics of Quebec - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

in the 2006 census, Italian was the third-largest "mother tongue" of Canadians. That surprised me, as I thought it might be an African Asian, or First nations language.
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:18 AM
 
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Italian may or may not still be third. Four and five (Spanish and Arabic) are gaining fast and may already have passed Italian which is slowly declining.

The reason for this is that the Italian community is of older establishment and doesn't get much new blood (so there is more of an assimilation trend to French or English, or both), whereas Spanish and Arabic tend to be newer arrivals.
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:29 AM
 
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Italian may or may not still be third. Four and five (Spanish and Arabic) are gaining fast and may already have passed Italian which is slowly declining.

The reason for this is that the Italian community is of older establishment and doesn't get much new blood (so there is more of an assimilation trend to French or English, or both), whereas Spanish and Arabic tend to be newer arrivals.

Was the last major influx of Italians to Quebec after World War Two? I guess there's still an Italian "ghetto" in Montreal, although most Italian Quebeckers may now live in the 'burbs, just like they do around NYC.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:27 AM
 
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Was the last major influx of Italians to Quebec after World War Two? I guess there's still an Italian "ghetto" in Montreal, although most Italian Quebeckers may now live in the 'burbs, just like they do around NYC.
You are right that it ended around that time.

As for geographical settlement patterns the old Little Italy around the corner of St-Laurent and Jean-Talon does not have that many Italians left living there, though there are still many business like bars, restaurants, etc. that are Italian-oriented.

However, the main secondary settlement area, St-Léonard, is east of there and is still a pretty urban area. This area still has a large concentration of people of Italian origin. Though I don't believe they are the majority there (maybe 40%). The largest group in St-Léonard is probably still French-Canadians, and there is also a decent-sized Haitian origin population there.

As for moves to the suburbs, yeah this has happened but not to as large a degree as in other cities and they are not as concentrated like in Woodbridge in the Toronto area. Outside of St-Léonard they really live all over the Montreal area.
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:06 PM
 
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This is probably interesting:

Italian Canadians WWII - YouTube
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Old 04-28-2019, 08:40 PM
 
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Here is a young lady in Montreal speaking fluent Italian, but I don’t think it is her first language, because she uses the term “nightstand”.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MtBMmG5EjXU
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Old 04-29-2019, 04:34 PM
 
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Italian may or may not still be third. Four and five (Spanish and Arabic) are gaining fast and may already have passed Italian which is slowly declining.

The reason for this is that the Italian community is of older establishment and doesn't get much new blood (so there is more of an assimilation trend to French or English, or both), whereas Spanish and Arabic tend to be newer arrivals.
I'd think that Mandarin and/or Cantonese would be third after English and French in Canada as a whole; that might be less in Quebec, but in BC and Ontario for sure.
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Old 04-30-2019, 08:13 AM
 
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I'd think that Mandarin and/or Cantonese would be third after English and French in Canada as a whole; that might be less in Quebec, but in BC and Ontario for sure.
Yes, Canada-wide Mandarin and Cantonese are 1-2 but Punjabi and Tagalog aren't too far behind. The next group that's not that far away either has Spanish, Arabic, Italian and German.


Arabic and Spanish are ascendant, whereas Italian and German are dropping.


All of these groups are present in Quebec too, but not in the same order as Quebec has somewhat different immigration sources.
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Old 05-02-2019, 09:24 AM
 
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I'd say English is the third, after French and Québécois.
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Old 05-02-2019, 08:39 PM
 
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Yes, Canada-wide Mandarin and Cantonese are 1-2 but Punjabi and Tagalog aren't too far behind. The next group that's not that far away either has Spanish, Arabic, Italian and German.


Arabic and Spanish are ascendant, whereas Italian and German are dropping.


All of these groups are present in Quebec too, but not in the same order as Quebec has somewhat different immigration sources.
Here in Winnipeg, Punjabi and Tagalog are heard quite commonly. In the last ten years I may have heard Spanish being spoken one or two times on the street.
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