English-French Bilingualism Outside Quebec: An Economic Portrait of Bilinguals in Canada

The Conference Board of Canada, 92 pages, April 30, 2019
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In this report, The Conference Board of Canada seeks to build a portrait of bilingual workers in Canada and to quantify their contribution to GDP, with reference mainly to those outside Quebec.

Document Highlights

  • Bilinguals generate some 10 per cent of Canada’s GDP outside Quebec.
  • Outside Quebec, wealth creation by bilinguals is particularly significant in the finance, insurance, and real estate services sector, where their contribution to the national GDP approaches $31 billion.
  • Bilingual workers account for 38 per cent of New Brunswick’s GDP, and 12 per cent of GDP in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
  • Bilinguals tend to stay in school longer, graduate from university in greater proportion, and earn higher incomes.

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