Given that French is generally learned at school, the bilingualism rate reaches its peak in the 15 to 19 age group. Many of these young people are completing secondary school, having been in French-as-a-second-language or immersion programs. Since 1996, bilingualism has been losing ground among Anglophones in this age group.
In the 2006 Census, 13.0% of Anglophones aged 15 to 19 outside Quebec reported or were reported bilingual, down from 14.7% in 2001 and 16.3% in 1996. It should be noted that bilingualism is slightly higher for the 10 to 14 and 5 to 9 age groups.
The ability of young Anglophones to maintain their knowledge of French as a second language appears to decline with time. In 2001, 14.7% of Anglophones aged 15 to 19 were bilingual. In 2006, when the cohort was five years older (aged 20 to 24), only 12.2% reported being bilingual. Similar trends are observed when following the rate of bilingualism over time for the cohort aged 15 to 19 in 1996 (see Figure 3).
So much French teaching is now offered to Canadian kids at taxpayers' expense, but they won't touch it. No amount of State-funded propaganda can fool them. They know French is useless in the 21st century. Those kids are smart, let me tell ya.