Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census

Northwest Territories

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Immigrant population

Figure 1.1 Number and percentage of the immigrant population, Northwest Territories, 2001 to 2016

Figure 1.1 description Figure 1.1 Number and percentage of the immigrant population, Northwest Territories, 2001 to 2016

Population by immigrant status and period of immigration, Northwest Territories and Canada, 2016

Immigrant status and period of immigration Northwest Territories Canada
number % of the total population % of the immigrant population number % of the total population % of the immigrant population
Total population in private households 41,135 100.0 ... 34,460,060 100.0 ...
Non-immigrants 37,135 90.3 ... 26,412,615 76.6 ...
Immigrants 3,690 9.0 100.0 7,540,830 21.9 100.0
Period of immigration: Before 2001 1,735 4.2 47.0 4,343,720 12.6 57.6
Period of immigration: 2001 to 2005 510 1.2 13.8 928,940 2.7 12.3
Period of immigration: 2006 to 2010 625 1.5 16.9 1,056,090 3.1 14.0
Period of immigration: 2011 to 2016 815 2.0 22.1 1,212,075 3.5 16.1
Non-permanent residents 310 0.8 ... 506,625 1.5 ...

Number and distribution (in percentage) of the immigrant population and recent immigrants in census metropolitan areas and census agglomerations, Northwest Territories, 2016

Geography Total population Immigrant population Recent immigrants
(2011 to 2016)
Number Number % Number %
Northwest Territories 41,135 3,690 9.0 815 2.0
Yellowknife 19,285 2,870 14.9 695 3.6

Immigrant population by selected demographic, migration and ethnocultural characteristics, Northwest Territories, 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 2,880 .. 785 .. 3,685 .. 820 ..
Age groups 2,880 100.0 785 100.0 3,685 100.0 815 100.0
Less than 15 years 185 6.4 135 17.2 185 5.0 125 15.3
15 to 24 years 260 9.0 125 15.9 310 8.4 110 13.5
25 to 64 years 2,165 75.2 515 65.6 2,720 73.8 575 70.6
65 years and older 270 9.4 0 0.0 475 12.9 10 1.2
Median age 43.5 .. 33.0 .. 44.8 .. 33.5 ..
Admission categories for immigrants admitted since 1980 ... ... ... ... 3,030 100.0 815 100.0
Economic immigrants ... ... ... ... 1,625 53.6 545 66.9
Principal applicants ... ... ... ... 795 26.2 270 33.1
Secondary applicants ... ... ... ... 830 27.4 275 33.7
Immigrants sponsored by family ... ... ... ... 1,010 33.3 195 23.9
Refugees ... ... ... ... 375 12.4 65 8.0
Region of birth1 2,880 100.0 785 100.0 3,685 100.0 820 100.0
Americas 370 12.8 70 8.9 450 12.2 70 8.5
Europe 790 27.4 105 13.4 770 20.9 70 8.5
Africa 475 16.5 200 25.5 475 12.9 115 14.0
Asia 1,230 42.7 400 51.0 1,955 53.1 555 67.7
Oceania 25 0.9 0 0.0 35 0.9 10 1.2

Top places of birth of immigrants and recent immigrants,2 Northwest Territories, 2016

Place of birth 2016
Number Percent Rank
Immigrant population 3,685 100.0 ...
Philippines 955 25.9 1
United Kingdom 315 8.5 2
United States 220 6.0 3
India 185 5.0 4
Viet Nam 175 4.7 5
Germany 130 3.5 6
China 110 3.0 7
Bangladesh 95 2.6 8
Jamaica 80 2.2 9
Korea, South 75 2.0 10
Recent immigrants (2011 to 2016) 815 100.0 ...
Philippines 330 40.5 1
India 45 5.5 2
Viet Nam 40 4.9 3
Jamaica 40 4.9 3
United Kingdom 40 4.9 3
Zimbabwe 35 4.3 6
Japan 30 3.7 7
Korea, South 30 3.7 7
United States 20 2.5 9
Namibia 20 2.5 9

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

Languages 2016
Number Percent Rank
Immigrant population 3,690 100.0 ...
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 490 13.3 1
Vietnamese 130 3.5 2
Arabic 100 2.7 3
Bengali 90 2.4 4
Cebuano 65 1.8 5
Korean 60 1.6 6
Japanese 55 1.5 7
Urdu 50 1.4 8
Punjabi (Panjabi) 45 1.2 9
Cantonese 45 1.2 9
Recent immigrants (2011 to 2016) 815 100.0 ...
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 190 23.3 1
Vietnamese 40 4.9 2
Japanese 25 3.1 3
Korean 25 3.1 3
Niger-Congo languages, n.i.e. 20 2.5 5
Punjabi (Panjabi) 15 1.8 6
Cebuano 15 1.8 6
Arabic 15 1.8 6

Generation status

Population by generation status and median age, Northwest Territories, 2011 and 2016

Generation status 2011 2016
Number Percent Median age Number Percent Median age
Total population in private households 40,800 100.0 32.1 41,135 100.0 34.0
First generation (born abroad) 3,300 8.1 42.3 4,100 10.0 43.0
Second generation (born in Canada with at least one parent born abroad) 3,255 8.0 35.9 3,885 9.4 34.7
Born in Canada with both parents born abroad 1,205 3.0 35.7 1,390 3.4 33.1
Born in Canada with one parent born in Canada and the other born abroad 2,050 5.0 36.0 2,500 6.1 35.2
Third generation or more (born in Canada with both parents born in Canada) 34,250 83.9 30.3 33,150 80.6 32.2

Visible minority population

Figure 1.2 Population (in percentage) belonging to a visible minority group, Northwest Territories, 2001 to 2016

Figure 1.2 description Figure 1.2 Population (in percentage) belonging to a visible minority group, Northwest Territories, 2001 to 2016

Population by visible minority group and median age, Northwest Territories, 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 40,800 100.0 .. 32.1 41,135 100.0 .. 34.0
Visible minority population 2,725 6.7 100.0 33.9 3,955 9.6 100.0 34.4
South Asian 190 0.5 7.0 33.8 615 1.5 15.5 30.1
Chinese 380 0.9 13.9 31.0 300 0.7 7.6 36.9
Black 555 1.4 20.4 33.9 760 1.8 19.2 35.0
Filipino 895 2.2 32.8 34.9 1,300 3.2 32.9 34.3
Latin American 100 0.2 3.7 33.0 140 0.3 3.5 37.6
Arab 115 0.3 4.2 32.3 105 0.3 2.7 34.7
Southeast Asian 230 0.6 8.4 37.4 255 0.6 6.4 37.0
West Asian 65 0.2 2.4 30.7 50 0.1 1.3 33.1
Korean 45 0.1 1.7 25.6 105 0.3 2.7 35.9
Japanese 50 0.1 1.8 35.2 145 0.4 3.7 27.7
Visible minority, n.i.e. 75 0.2 2.8 40.2 95 0.2 2.4 18.6
Multiple visible minorities 30 0.1 1.1 20.5 85 0.2 2.1 24.9
Not a visible minority 38,075 93.3 .. 31.9 37,175 90.4 .. 34.0

Visible minority population in census metropolitan areas and census agglomerations, Northwest Territories, ranked by visible minority population, 2016

Geography Visible minority population
Name of the CMA or CA Type Number % of the total population of the CMA/CA
Yellowknife CA 3,230 16.7

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

Geography Visible minority population
Name of the census subdivision Number % of the total population of the CSD
Yellowknife 3,230 16.8

Ethnic and cultural origins of the population

The three most commonly reported ethnic origins,4 Northwest Territories and Canada, 2016

Ethnic origin Northwest Territories Canada
Number of responses % Rank Number of responses % Rank
First Nations (North American Indian) 15,155 36.8 1 1,525,570 4.4 9
Canadian 7,655 18.6 2 11,135,970 32.3 1
English 6,555 15.9 3 6,320,085 18.3 2

Figure 1.3 Percentage of the population by region of ethnic origin,5 Northwest Territories and Canada, 2016

Figure 1.3 description Figure 1.3 Percentage of the population by region of ethnic origin,5 Northwest Territories 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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