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2006 Census of Canada: Topic-based tabulations

Labour Force Activity (8), Visible Minority Groups (15), Immigrant Status and Period of Immigration (9), Highest Certificate, Diploma or Degree (7), 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) Labour force activity (8)
Total - Labour force activity In the labour force Employed Unemployed Not in the labour force Participation rate Employment rate Unemployment rate
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. Total - Highest certificate, diploma or degree
    'Highest certificate, diploma or degree' refers to the highest certificate, diploma or degree completed based on a hierarchy which is generally related to the amount of time spent 'in-class.' For postsecondary completers, a university education is considered to be a higher level of schooling than a college education, while a college education is considered to be a higher level of education than in the trades. Although some trades requirements may take as long or longer to complete than a given college or university program, the majority of time is spent in on-the-job paid training and less time is spent in the classroom.
  2. 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'.
  3. South Asian
    For example, 'East Indian', 'Pakistani', 'Sri Lankan', etc.
  4. Southeast Asian
    For example, 'Vietnamese', 'Cambodian', 'Malaysian', 'Laotian', etc.
  5. West Asian
    For example, 'Iranian', 'Afghan', etc.
  6. 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.
  7. 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'.
  8. 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 17,146,135 16,021,180 1,124,955 8,518,090 66.8 62.4 6.6
Total visible minority population 2 3,922,695 2,639,520 2,413,605 225,910 1,283,180 67.3 61.5 8.6
Chinese 1,005,635 623,225 576,195 47,025 382,410 62.0 57.3 7.5
South Asian 3 957,645 656,205 599,520 56,680 301,440 68.5 62.6 8.6
Black 562,135 397,460 355,090 42,370 164,680 70.7 63.2 10.7
Filipino 320,910 245,850 233,540 12,315 75,065 76.6 72.8 5.0
Latin American 244,330 175,570 159,750 15,820 68,760 71.9 65.4 9.0
Southeast Asian 4 184,575 127,150 116,405 10,745 57,430 68.9 63.1 8.5
Arab 195,900 125,365 109,055 16,310 70,535 64.0 55.7 13.0
West Asian 5 125,855 80,725 72,075 8,650 45,130 64.1 57.3 10.7
Korean 114,620 62,820 57,465 5,355 51,800 54.8 50.1 8.5
Japanese 66,400 40,890 38,815 2,085 25,505 61.6 58.5 5.1
Visible minority, n.i.e. 6 57,115 40,625 37,445 3,180 16,490 71.1 65.6 7.8
Multiple visible minority 7 87,565 63,630 58,250 5,380 23,935 72.7 66.5 8.5
Not a visible minority 8 21,741,525 14,506,615 13,607,565 899,045 7,234,910 66.7 62.6 6.2
Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census of Population, Statistics Canada catalogue no. 97-562-XCB2006017 (Canada, Code01)