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.
- 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.