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2006 Census of Canada: Topic-based tabulations

Visible Minority Groups (15), Generation Status (4), Age Groups (9) and Sex (3) for the Population 15 Years and Over of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2006 Census - 20% Sample Data

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Visible minority groups (15) Generation status (4)
Total - Generation status 1st generation 1 2nd generation 2 3rd generation or more 3
Note(s) :
  1. Census metropolitan areas and census agglomerations crossing provincial boundaries
    There is one census metropolitan area (Ottawa - Gatineau) and three census agglomerations (Campbellton, Hawkesbury and Lloydminster) that cross provincial boundaries. The data for their respective provincial parts are included with the appropriate census metropolitan area or census agglomeration, with data for the census metropolitan area or census agglomeration within the province of the provincial part that contributes the majority of the population to the area. For example, Ottawa - Gatineau can be found in Ontario, Campbellton in New Brunswick, Hawkesbury in Ontario and Lloydminster in Alberta.
  1. 1st generation
    Persons born outside Canada. For the most part, these are people who are now, or have ever been, landed immigrants in Canada. Also included in the first generation are a small number of people born outside Canada to parents who are Canadian citizens by birth. In addition, the first generation includes people who are non-permanent residents (defined as people from another country living in Canada on Work or Study Permits or as refugee claimants, and any family members living with them in Canada).
  2. 2nd generation
    Persons born inside Canada with at least one parent born outside Canada. This includes (a) persons born in Canada with both parents born outside Canada and (b) persons born in Canada with one parent born in Canada and one parent born outside Canada (these persons may have grandparents born inside or outside Canada as well).
  3. 3rd generation or more
    Persons born inside Canada with both parents born inside Canada (these persons may have grandparents born inside or outside Canada as well).
  4. Total visible minority population
    The Employment Equity Act defines visible minorities as 'persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour'.
  5. South Asian
    For example, 'East Indian', 'Pakistani', 'Sri Lankan', etc.
  6. Southeast Asian
    For example, 'Vietnamese', 'Cambodian', 'Malaysian', 'Laotian', etc.
  7. West Asian
    For example, 'Iranian', 'Afghan', etc.
  8. Visible minority, n.i.e.
    The abbreviation 'n.i.e.' means 'not included elsewhere'. Includes respondents who reported a write-in response such as 'Guyanese', 'West Indian', 'Kurd', 'Tibetan', 'Polynesian', 'Pacific Islander', etc.
  9. Multiple visible minority
    Includes respondents who reported more than one visible minority group by checking two or more mark-in circles, e.g., 'Black' and 'South Asian'.
  10. Not a visible minority
    Includes respondents who reported 'Yes' to the Aboriginal identity question (Question 18) as well as respondents who were not considered to be members of a visible minority group.
Total - Population by visible minority groups 4,122,820 2,263,570 882,500 976,750
Total visible minority population 4 1,689,960 1,455,110 217,050 17,800
Chinese 405,795 354,655 48,915 2,215
South Asian 5 514,855 459,555 54,300 1,000
Black 258,230 193,955 56,365 7,910
Filipino 135,630 122,520 12,735 365
Latin American 80,330 71,360 8,805 155
Southeast Asian 6 54,080 48,555 5,260 265
Arab 40,650 37,175 3,360 115
West Asian 7 60,600 58,880 1,650 65
Korean 46,100 41,200 4,825 75
Japanese 15,940 6,135 5,025 4,780
Visible minority, n.i.e. 8 37,765 30,850 6,660 255
Multiple visible minority 9 39,990 30,260 9,145 585
Not a visible minority 10 2,432,865 808,465 665,450 958,950
Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census of Population, Statistics Canada catalogue no. 97-562-XCB2006010 (Toronto, Code535)