2001 Census Topic-based tabulations

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Selected Cultural and Labour Force Characteristics (58), Age Groups (5A), Sex (3) and Visible Minority Groups (15) for Population 15 Years and Over, for Canada, Provinces, Territories and Census Metropolitan Areas, 2001 Census - 20% Sample Data

About this variable: Visible Minority Groups (15)


Visible Minorities
Part A - Plain Language Definition
Not applicable
Part B - Detailed Definition
Refers to the visible minority group to which the respondent belongs. The Employment Equity Act defines visible minorities as 'persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour'.

The visible minority population includes the following groups: Chinese, South Asian, Black, Filipino, Latin American, Southeast Asian, Arab, West Asian, Korean, Japanese, Visible Minority, n.i.e. and Multiple Visible Minorities.


  1. Total - Total population by visible minority groups
  2. Total visible minority population
  3. Chinese
  4. South Asian
  5. Black
  6. Filipino
  7. Latin American
  8. Southeast Asian
  9. Arab
  10. West Asian
  11. Korean
  12. Japanese
  13. Visible minority, n.i.e. Footnote 13
  14. Multiple visible minorities Footnote 14
  15. All others Footnote 15


Footnote 13

Includes respondents who reported a write-in response classified as a visible minority such as 'Polynesian', 'Guyanese', 'Mauritian', etc.

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Footnote 14

Includes respondents who reported more than one visible minority group by checking two or more mark-in circles, e.g. 'Black' and 'South Asian'.

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Footnote 15

Includes respondents who reported 'Yes' to Question 18 (Aboriginal self-reporting) as well as respondents who were not considered to be members of a visible minority group.

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