What if I told you that the federal government has a plan to spend $ 2.654 billion dollars on bilingualism over the five years 2018-23? That’s an average of about $530 million per year.
It’s real. Set out in official documents here: https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/pch/documents/services/official-languages-bilingualism/official-languages-action-plan/action-plan.pdf
I suspect the people pushing bilingualism are beating a long-dead horse. Governments can’t lead people to where they don’t want to go.
Page 9 of the PDF is particularly enlightening: Decline in the percentage of Francophones outside of Quebec Statistics Canada projections show the percentage of Francophones outside of Quebec declining from 4% in 2011 to 3% by 2036. Slow growth of bilingualism Statistics Canada projects that the national bilingualism rate will go from 17.5% in 2011 to 18.5% in 2036, while the rate of bilingualism of Anglophones outside of Quebec will go from 6.6% to 6.7% for the same period.
The spending figures are set out in Annex 1, pages 49-52 of the PDF and reproduced below (figures shown are in millions):
ANNEX 1: SUMMARY OF GOVERNMENT INVESTMENTS
Department, name of program/initiative
CANADIAN HERITAGE (CH)
Development of Official-Language Minority Communities Program