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Canada has two official languages: English and French.  As such, many signs and other notices are printed in both languages.  Seen here are some options for getting downtown from the Arrivals level of the Vancouver International Airport.  I took the Airporter option.  Although both languages are represented here, almost all Vancouver residents use English as their first language.  French speakers are in the majority in many of the eastern areas of the country.  PoV is filled with examples of bilingualism such as on fire alarms, post boxes, and in police report forms.


A sign indicating a Canadian government building - the Tax Services Office near my hotel in this case.  Bilingualism is most common wherever the government is concerned.  Most government employees must be familiar with both official languages as every Canadian has the right to have their government business dealt with in either language.
Most Canadians learn both languages at school.


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