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Canada's Ethnocultural Mosaic, 2006 Census: Canada's major census metropolitan areas

Winnipeg: Filipino was the largest visible minority group

New data from the 2006 Census shows that about 36,900 individuals who belonged to the Filipino visible minority group lived in Winnipeg in 2006. Only Toronto, with 172,000 Filipinos, and Vancouver, with 78,900, had higher numbers than Winnipeg.

In fact, Filipino was the largest visible minority group in the census metropolitan area of Winnipeg. They accounted for 35.9% of the 102,900 visible minorities or 5.4% of the total population in Winnipeg. Among all Filipinos in Winnipeg in 2006, a full two-thirds were born outside of Canada.

The second and third largest visible minority groups in Winnipeg in 2006 were South Asian and Black. Each group accounted for about 2% of Winnipeg's total population.

Overall, visible minorities represented 15.0% of Winnipeg's total population. This proportion was below the national level of 16.2% but was the ninth highest among the 33 census metropolitan areas in Canada. The visible minority population made up 12.4% of the population in 2001, and 11.1% in 1996.

Compared to other census metropolitan areas in the Prairie provinces, Winnipeg ranked in the middle, behind Calgary (22.2%) and Edmonton (17.1%) but ahead of Regina (6.6%) and Saskatoon (6.4%).

An estimated 156,300 individuals reported English ancestry, either alone or with other origins. Another 126,700 reported Scottish ancestry. German was the third largest ethnic group in Winnipeg with 121,600 people reporting this ancestry, either alone or with another ancestry. Canadian and Ukrainian origins were also among the top five ethnic ancestries reported by residents of Winnipeg in 2006.

Winnipeg CMA. Percentage of Visible Minorities by 2006 Census Tracts (CTs)

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