In Canada, studying in English increases the chances of speaking English at work

According to a study by the Statistics Canada Institute, attending an English-speaking institution during your higher education would increase your chances of working in English.

Defending French is a daily struggle in Canada and the business world in particular embodies this struggle in a country where the official languages ​​are French and English. As discussions mount over a revision of the Official Languages ​​Act (OLA) to preserve French in the country’s institutions, Molière’s language struggles to push itself against English in the professional sphere.

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Indeed, 40% of Quebec companies require bilingualism as a necessary condition for hiring staff, an “unacceptable” situation in the words of Canadian Prime Minister François Legault. The Canadian Statistical Institute has therefore tried to explain the origin of this phenomenon by focusing on the size of companies, their location, the number of foreigners working in teams, etc.

According to the Institute, one variable deserves attention: the language spoken during post-secondary education. In fact, 48% of graduates from an English-speaking institution and working in Quebec use the majority of English at work, compared to 4% for former students of French-language schools. The gap is just as important for those with a third native language (Spanish, Mandarin, etc.) who have chosen a career in Quebec.

An “alarming” situation for French

Breaking down this observation by region, the statistical study highlights that of French speakers outside Quebec, 58% of graduates graduated from an English-speaking educational institution and continue to speak predominantly English in their hometown after completing their studies.

“From survey to survey, the data is increasingly worrying.says Maxime Laporte, spokesman for the Mouvement Québec Français, as we read in Courrier international. It’s time for action”† Rather than imposing a posteriori norms and quotas on the use of French in public spaces, changing the habits of Quebecers by offering courses in French as part of their education could have a significant effect on language practice in the professional world.

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