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Immigration in Canada: A Portrait of the Foreign-born Population, 2006 Census: Portraits of major metropolitan centres

Winnipeg: Philippines the number one source country of recent immigrants

The foreign-born population in Winnipeg grew by 10.5% between 2001 and 2006, outpacing the total growth of the census metropolitan area (CMA) which increased by 2.8% in the same period. As of 2006, the foreign-born population was 121,300, or 17.7% of the total population, up from 16.5% in 2001.

About 1 in 5 foreign-born residents of Winnipeg arrived in Canada between 2001 and 2006. These newcomers were predominantly born in Asia and the Middle East. The Philippines was the leading source country, with nearly 3 out of every 10 newcomers having been born in the Philippines. India and the People's Republic of China were also among the leading countries of birth of recent immigrants who settled in Winnipeg.

The share of newcomers who settled in Winnipeg increased to 2.2% in 2006 from 1.4% in 2001. This was low compared to larger CMA such as Toronto, Vancouver and Montréal. But it was higher than comparably-sized CMAs, such as Hamilton and Québec where less than 2% of recent immigrants had settled.

Winnipeg CMA. Recent immigrants as a percentage of total population by 2006 Census Tracts (CTs)

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