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StatsCan blames computer error for spike in number of English speakers in Quebec

StatsCan blames computer error for spike in number of English speakers in Quebec
From CBC - August 11, 2017

Statistics Canada is blaming a computer error for results that indicated a surprising increase in the number ofEnglish-speaking people in Quebec.

The agency said roughly61,000 people were misclassifiedwhen the results of the 2016 census were compiled.

"We are working diligently to correct the information and publish updated findings next week,"Statistics Canada said in a statement released Friday afternoon.

"We are also taking steps to further strengthen our quality control procedures."

Puzzling increases

English-language groups in Quebec alerted Statistics Canada topossible discrepancies earlier this week.

They'd been puzzled by results that showed large spikes in the number of native English-language speakersin some parts of the province.

For instance, in Rivire-du-Loup, 135 people reported having English as a mother tongue in 2011. In 2016, that number was 240.

Some small communities that previously had noanglophonessuddenly found themselves with many, according to the data. The village ofSainte-Thclenortheast ofShawinigan, for instance, changedfrom zeroanglophonesto 50. It has a population of 2,400.

Anglophone groups spotted the anomalies

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