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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.
Warning Data quality note(s)
  • Excludes census data for one or more incompletely enumerated Indian reserves or Indian settlements.
Total - Population by visible minority groups 25,664,220 6,124,565 4,006,420 15,533,240
Total visible minority population 4 3,922,700 3,273,070 551,740 97,890
Chinese 1,005,635 850,335 138,520 16,775
South Asian 5 957,645 820,180 132,190 5,275
Black 562,135 403,955 115,090 43,095
Filipino 320,915 283,560 35,760 1,595
Latin American 244,330 219,440 22,870 2,015
Southeast Asian 6 184,575 159,285 23,450 1,845
Arab 195,900 173,015 20,300 2,585
West Asian 7 125,855 120,710 4,580 565
Korean 114,615 104,640 9,190 790
Japanese 66,400 28,715 18,510 19,170
Visible minority, n.i.e. 8 57,115 44,965 11,005 1,150
Multiple visible minority 9 87,565 64,260 20,270 3,035
Not a visible minority 10 21,741,525 2,851,490 3,454,685 15,435,350
Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census of Population, Statistics Canada catalogue no. 97-562-XCB2006010 (Canada, Code01)