Arabic overtakes Italian as top language spoken in Hamilton homes, after English

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In Hamilton’s non-English-speaking households, the single most spoken language is now Arabic, overtaking Italian for the first time.

But statistics show immigration in Hamilton may still be well below the provincial average, which a workforce analyst fears could be detrimental to Hamilton’s economy.

The newly released data from the 2016 census show how demographics are changing in Hamilton’s population, according to analysis by the Social Planning and Research Council (SPRC) of Hamilton.

Italian-speakers have declined by about 34 per cent since 2006, largely due to an aging population. Meanwhile the percentage of those who speak Arabic at home has grown by about 60 per cent, to about 5,210 households.

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Article and image source: CBC Hamilton

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