Statistic Canada releases the latest census information on language on Wednesday, but the head of Kamloops Immigrant Services expects there will be little change in the data here.
Executive director Paul Lagace said there have been ups and downs in the city’s immigrant population since the last census on language was released in 2006.
But he expects the breakdown will be much the same now as it was then, he said Monday.
“I don’t think these numbers have varied that much,” said Lagace.
The 2006 data revealed the majority of residents — 90 per cent — speak English. Another five per cent are listed as speaking “other,” while Punjabi and French account for one per cent each.
German and Italian each make up two per cent of the remaining population.
Lagace said Mandarin is becoming more common in the region, and he expects this trend will continue given the trade agreement between Canada and China.
The City collects its data on language from Statistic Canada. Planning and development manager Randy Lambright said he’s curious to see the results.
Results on the 2011 census will be made public at 8:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday.