ARCHIVED - Appendix B: Linguistic Profile of Respondents to the Survey of Federal Public Servants in Bilingual Regions of Quebec

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Of the 2,863 questionnaires distributed, we received 1,265 responses, namely from 1,081 Francophones and 184 Anglophones giving a response rate of 44%. The Francophone response rate was higher than the Anglophone response rate (46% of Francophones surveyed compared with 36% of Anglophones). As the following figure shows, Francophone respondents tended to be older than Anglophone respondents.

Figure 17 - Proportion of respondents by age category (%)

A total of 85% of respondents identified French as their first official language.26 Of these, 93% also said that French was their mother tongue, 1% said it was English, and 6% said their mother tongue was neither English nor French. Only 1% of Francophones in the bilingual regions of Quebec chose to respond to the questionnaire in English.

Of those who identified English as their first official language, 65% also said that English was their mother tongue, 5% said it was French and 30% listed a language other than English or French. This shows a preference for English as the first official language among allophones in Quebec. Of the respondents who said English was their first official language, 4% answered the questionnaire in French, in contrast to Francophone respondents in the NCR, 13% of whom chose to answer the English questionnaire27 (illustrating the fact that Francophones are used to working in English).

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