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Social Locations – Language

Equity Framework > Social Locations > Language

Language identity is informed by region, social class, historical contexts, relationships, and other factors. Accents, dialects, slang, jargon, appropriateness and ‘correctness’ all signal lanauge identity [1]. Toronto is home to a large and diverse population speaking more than 200 different languages, and a significant number of Torontonians speak neither official language (English or French). In Toronto, residents who do not speak English experience significant barriers to participating in community and civic life, accessing public and community services, finding employment, and achieving a decent standard of living [2].


  1. English Language & Literature. (n.d.). 1.1 Language and identity. Retrieved February 14, 2020, from
  2. Social Planning Toronto (2018). Talking Access & Equity: A Profile of City of Toronto Residents Who Speak Neither Official Language, July 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2020, from