Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census

Victoria, (CMA) - British Columbia

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Immigrant population

Figure 1.1 Distribution (in percentage) of the immigrant population, Victoria, 2001 to 2016

Figure 1.1 description Figure 1.1 Distribution (in percentage) of the immigrant population, Victoria, 2001 to 2016

Population by immigrant status and period of immigration, Victoria and British Columbia, 2016

Immigrant status and period of immigration Victoria British Columbia
number % of the total population % of the immigrant population number % of the total population % of the immigrant population
Total population in private households 357,695 100.0 ... 4,560,235 100.0 ...
Non-immigrants 285,355 79.8 ... 3,167,160 69.5 ...
Immigrants 65,610 18.3 100.0 1,292,675 28.3 100.0
Period of immigration: Before 2001 46,270 12.9 70.5 795,880 17.5 61.6
Period of immigration: 2001 to 2005 4,960 1.4 7.6 147,730 3.2 11.4
Period of immigration: 2006 to 2010 6,690 1.9 10.2 173,505 3.8 13.4
Period of immigration: 2011 to 2016 7,690 2.1 11.7 175,555 3.8 13.6
Non-permanent residents 6,725 1.9 ... 100,405 2.2 ...

Number and distribution (in percentage) of the immigrant population and recent immigrants in census subdivisions, Victoria, 2016

Geography Total population Immigrant population Recent immigrants
(2011 to 2016)
Number Number % Number %
Victoria 357,695 65,615 18.3 7,690 2.1
Saanich 111,835 24,755 22.1 2,905 2.6
Victoria 81,650 15,935 19.5 2,570 3.1
Langford 34,920 4,395 12.6 695 2.0
Oak Bay 17,475 3,910 22.4 310 1.8
Central Saanich 16,470 2,580 15.7 165 1.0
Sidney 11,130 2,425 21.8 235 2.1
Esquimalt 16,925 2,375 14.0 220 1.3
North Saanich 11,190 2,330 20.8 85 0.8
Colwood 16,720 1,915 11.5 160 1.0
View Royal 9,910 1,575 15.9 145 1.5
Sooke 12,895 1,525 11.8 125 1.0
Juan de Fuca (Part 1) 4,705 700 14.9 15 0.3
Metchosin 4,520 605 13.4 30 0.7
Highlands 2,225 210 9.4 10 0.4
New Songhees 1A 1,840 190 10.3 15 0.8
T'Sou-ke 0 0 0
Cole Bay 3 0 0 0
Union Bay 4 0 0 0
Becher Bay 1 0 0 0
East Saanich 2 0 0 0
South Saanich 1 0 0 0

Immigrant population by selected demographic, migration and ethnocultural characteristics, Victoria, 2011 and 2016

  2011 2016
All immigrants Recent immigrants
(2006 to 2011)
All immigrants Recent immigrants
(2011 to 2016)
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Population in private households 60,075 .. 6,440 .. 65,615 .. 7,695 ..
Age groups 60,075 100.0 6,440 100.0 65,610 100.0 7,695 100.0
Less than 15 years 2,085 3.5 1,110 17.2 2,010 3.1 1,135 14.7
15 to 24 years 3,085 5.1 825 12.8 3,175 4.8 1,005 13.1
25 to 64 years 34,855 58.0 4,240 65.8 36,205 55.2 5,230 68.0
65 years and older 20,050 33.4 275 4.3 24,220 36.9 325 4.2
Median age 56.8 .. 33.1 .. 57.1 .. 33.6 ..
Admission categories for immigrants admitted since 1980 ... ... ... ... 36,510 100.0 7,695 100.0
Economic immigrants ... ... ... ... 19,515 53.5 4,985 64.8
Principal applicants ... ... ... ... 8,470 23.2 2,305 30.0
Secondary applicants ... ... ... ... 11,045 30.3 2,680 34.8
Immigrants sponsored by family ... ... ... ... 13,905 38.1 2,400 31.2
Refugees ... ... ... ... 2,765 7.6 260 3.4
Region of birth1 60,075 100.0 6,440 100.0 65,615 100.0 7,695 100.0
Americas 9,215 15.3 1,420 22.0 9,690 14.8 1,020 13.3
Europe 30,130 50.2 1,215 18.9 29,660 45.2 1,195 15.5
Africa 2,740 4.6 470 7.3 2,840 4.3 425 5.5
Asia 16,770 27.9 3,240 50.3 22,115 33.7 4,925 64.0
Oceania 1,110 1.8 90 1.4 1,300 2.0 120 1.6

Top places of birth of immigrants and recent immigrants,2 Victoria, 2016

Place of birth 2016
Number Percent Rank
Immigrant population 65,610 100.0 ...
United Kingdom 16,275 24.8 1
United States 6,205 9.5 2
China 5,570 8.5 3
Philippines 4,320 6.6 4
India 3,690 5.6 5
Recent immigrants (2011 to 2016) 7,690 100.0 ...
Philippines 1,840 23.9 1
China 1,030 13.4 2
United States 580 7.5 3
United Kingdom 540 7.0 4
India 520 6.8 5

Immigrant population and recent immigrants by non-official language spoken most often at home,3 Victoria, 2016

Languages 2016
Number Percent Rank
Immigrant population 65,615 100.0 ...
Cantonese 2,770 4.2 1
Mandarin 2,600 4.0 2
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 2,350 3.6 3
Recent immigrants (2011 to 2016) 7,695 100.0 ...
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 1,210 15.7 1
Mandarin 730 9.5 2
Korean 335 4.4 3

Generation status

Population by generation status and median age, Victoria, 2011 and 2016

Generation status 2011 2016
Number Percent Median age Number Percent Median age
Total population in private households 336,185 100.0 43.5 357,690 100.0 44.3
First generation (born abroad) 65,715 19.5 54.5 76,160 21.3 53.2
Second generation (born in Canada with at least one parent born abroad) 81,495 24.2 44.6 82,490 23.1 44.2
Born in Canada with both parents born abroad 31,460 9.4 48.1 31,365 8.8 46.9
Born in Canada with one parent born in Canada and the other born abroad 50,030 14.9 41.0 51,125 14.3 41.6
Third generation or more (born in Canada with both parents born in Canada) 188,980 56.2 38.1 199,040 55.6 39.7

Visible minority population

Figure 1.2 Population (in percentage) belonging to a visible minority group, Victoria, British Columbia and Canada 1996 to 2016

Figure 1.2 description Figure 1.2 Population (in percentage) belonging to a visible minority group, Victoria, British Columbia and Canada 1996 to 2016

Population by visible minority group and median age, Victoria, 2011 and 2016

  2011 2016
Number % of the total population % of the visible minority population Median age Number % of the total population % of the visible minority population Median age
Total population in private households 336,185 100.0 .. 43.5 357,690 100.0 .. 44.3
Visible minority population 37,815 11.2 100.0 34.4 50,310 14.1 100.0 33.4
South Asian 7,550 2.2 20.0 35.4 10,220 2.9 20.3 34.8
Chinese 12,765 3.8 33.8 38.9 16,340 4.6 32.5 35.5
Black 2,860 0.9 7.6 25.1 3,445 1.0 6.8 26.7
Filipino 4,130 1.2 10.9 35.0 6,070 1.7 12.1 34.7
Latin American 1,840 0.5 4.9 34.1 2,570 0.7 5.1 35.2
Arab 855 0.3 2.3 30.1 1,475 0.4 2.9 26.6
Southeast Asian 2,040 0.6 5.4 32.0 2,545 0.7 5.1 32.3
West Asian 865 0.3 2.3 40.8 1,090 0.3 2.2 37.4
Korean 1,230 0.4 3.3 30.3 2,090 0.6 4.2 27.8
Japanese 2,060 0.6 5.4 30.6 2,490 0.7 4.9 34.6
Visible minority, n.i.e. 415 0.1 1.1 38.4 470 0.1 0.9 38.5
Multiple visible minorities 1,200 0.4 3.2 22.3 1,500 0.4 3.0 22.6
Not a visible minority 298,370 88.8 .. 45.0 307,385 85.9 .. 46.2

Census subdivisions with a population of 5,000 or more and with the highest proportion of visible minorities, Victoria, 2016

Geography Visible minority population
Name of the census subdivision Number % of the total population of the CSD
Saanich 24,745 22.1
Victoria 12,365 15.1
Langford 3,605 10.3
Oak Bay 1,865 10.7
Esquimalt 1,725 10.2

Ethnic and cultural origins of the population

The three most commonly reported ethnic origins,4 Victoria, British Columbia and Canada, 2016

Ethnic origin Victoria British Columbia Canada
Number of responses % Rank Number of responses % Rank Number of responses % Rank
English 140,515 39.3 1 1,203,545 26.4 1 6,320,085 18.3 2
Scottish 98,475 27.5 2 860,775 18.9 3 4,799,010 13.9 3
Canadian 86,000 24.0 3 866,525 19.0 2 11,135,970 32.3 1

Figure 1.3 Percentage of the population by region of ethnic origin,5 Victoria, British Columbia and Canada, 2016

Figure 1.3 description Figure 1.3 Percentage of the population by region of ethnic origin,5 Victoria, British Columbia and Canada, 2016

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Source:

Statistics Canada. 2017. Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-404-X2016001. Ottawa, Ontario. Data products, 2016 Census.

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