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CAN ONE FUNCTION IN TORONTO INDEFINITELY KNOWING ONLY POLISH?


Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448  
10 Jul 2009 /  #1
Are there any Polish immigrants who have lived in Toronto for 25-30 years without ever really learning English aside from the bare minimum, ie who function in Polish at home, work, in the neighbourhood, socially, at church, while shopping, etc.? I ask because I have met such people in Hamtramck, Michigan, who really had no need to learn English because everything they needed was in Polish? The same may be encountered in Chicago's Jackowo and Brooklyn's Greenpoint.
plk123 8 | 4,150  
10 Jul 2009 /  #2
To become a canadian resident one must show proficiency in at least one of the official languages.
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448  
11 Jul 2009 /  #3
Is Canadian citrizenship required to live and work in Canada? It isn't in the USA.
szarlotka 8 | 2,209  
11 Jul 2009 /  #4
No you can obtain permanent residence privileges which (i think) means that as long as you are in Canada for three out of every five years will persist.

But you will be unable to get permanent residence without speaking French or English

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