PUNJABI- The third most common language in the parliament of Canada


Punjabi became the third most common language after English and French, in the House of Commons of Canada. Inside the parliament: 20 Punjabi - speaking candidates were elected to the parliament in October 2015.

  • On 19 October 2015, 23 Members of Parliament of South Asian origin were elected to the House of Commons.
  • during parliamentary elections there were 20 candidates who speak Punjabi.
  • Out of the 20 candidates, 8 are Liberals and two are Conservatives.
  • Among the newly - elected Punjabi - speaking MPs, 14 are men and 6 are women.
  • Twelve candidates were elected from Ontario, 4 from British Columbia, 3 from Alberta three and one belongs to Quebec.
  • According to the Statistics Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey, 430705 Canadians identified Punjabi as their mother tongue.
  • Thereby making it the third most common language after English and French.
  • In calculation, 430705 native Punjabi speakers make up about 1.3 percent of Canada’s population.
  • 20 Punjabi - speaking MPs represent almost 6 percent of the House of Commons.

- Published/Last Modified on: November 4, 2015