Languages

Many languages are spoken in Alberta, but English is the language used in most workplaces and classrooms. To work or take an education program in Alberta, you will need to be able to speak, read and write English well enough to communicate effectively with people who only understand English.

For more information about work-related language competency requirements, see the Certification and Registration Requirements for Employment in Alberta on CERTinfo.

Speakers of different languages

 The 2006 Census reported the following numbers of language speakers in Alberta:

  • English 3,213,690
  • French 225,085
  • Chinese 116,505
  • German 104,745
  • Spanish 61,335
  • Punjabi 44,480
  • Tagalog 40,095
  • Ukrainian 38,165
  • Arabic 30,235
  • Hindi 28,800
  • Vietnamese 26,020
  • Polish 24,980
  • Cree 24,205
  • Dutch 23,130