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

Calgary: Nearly one in four belonged to a visible minority group

In 2006, 22.2% of the population in the Calgary census metropolitan area, or 237,900 individuals, belonged to a visible minority group. This was up from 164,900 in 2001 when visible minorities accounted for 17.5% of Calgary's population and 15.6% in 1996.

Nationally, Calgary ranked fourth in proportion of visible minorities, behind Toronto (42.9%), Vancouver (41.7%) and Abbotsford (22.8%).Two-thirds of Calgary's visible minorities were born outside Canada. In fact, among recent immigrants who arrived between 2001 and 2006, 78.0% belonged to a visible minority group.

The largest visible minority group in Calgary was Chinese with 66,400 people, or 6.2% of the census metropolitan area's total population. In 2006, of all the Chinese in Canada, Calgary was home to the fourth largest number, behind Toronto, Vancouver and Montréal.

South Asians (57,700) was the second largest visible minority group in Calgary. They accounted for 5.4% of the total population in the census metropolitan area. More than two-thirds (68.8%) of South Asians residing in Calgary were born outside of Canada, mainly in India or Pakistan.

Calgary was home to more than 200 different ethnic origins. The most frequently reported ancestries, either single or multiple response, were English, Scottish, Canadian, German and Irish.

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

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