Data tables, 2016 Census

Visible Minority (15), Generation Status (4), Age (12) and Sex (3) for the Population in Private Households of Canada, Provinces and Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2016 Census - 25% Sample Data

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This table details visible minority , generation status , age and sex for the population in private households in British Columbia / Colombie-Britannique
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Visible minority (15) Generation status (4)
Total - Generation statusFootnote 1 First generationFootnote 2 Second generationFootnote 3 Third generation or moreFootnote 4
Total - Visible minorityFootnote 5 4,560,240 1,426,450 1,043,865 2,089,925
Total visible minority populationFootnote 6 1,381,240 960,885 364,065 56,280
South AsianFootnote 7 365,705 228,135 125,305 12,265
Chinese 508,480 375,220 115,160 18,105
Black 43,500 23,470 14,280 5,755
Filipino 145,030 109,490 32,815 2,725
Latin American 44,115 35,945 7,820 345
Arab 19,840 16,275 3,465 100
Southeast AsianFootnote 8 54,920 37,285 16,825 810
West AsianFootnote 9 48,695 42,230 6,390 75
Korean 60,495 51,360 8,660 475
Japanese 41,235 17,520 12,075 11,635
Visible minority, n.i.e.Footnote 10 8,765 5,265 2,780 720
Multiple visible minoritiesFootnote 11 40,465 18,705 18,495 3,270
Not a visible minorityFootnote 12 3,179,000 465,565 679,795 2,033,640


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Footnote 1

For more information on generation status variables, including information on their classifications, the questions from which they are derived, data quality and their comparability with other sources of data, please refer to the Place of Birth, Generation Status, Citizenship and Immigration Reference Guide, Census of Population, 2016.

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Footnote 2

'First generation' includes persons who were born outside Canada. For the most part, these are people who are now, or once were, immigrants to Canada.

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Footnote 3

'Second generation' includes persons who were born in Canada and had at least one parent born outside Canada. For the most part, these are the children of immigrants.

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Footnote 4

'Third generation or more' includes persons who were born in Canada with both parents born in Canada.

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Footnote 5

For more information on the Visible minority variable, including information on its classification, the questions from which it is derived, data quality and its comparability with other sources of data, please refer to the Visible Minority and Population Group Reference Guide, Census of Population, 2016.

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Footnote 6

The Employment Equity Act defines visible minorities as 'persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.'

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Footnote 7

For example, 'East Indian,' 'Pakistani,' 'Sri Lankan,' etc.

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Footnote 8

For example, 'Vietnamese,' 'Cambodian,' 'Laotian,' 'Thai,' etc.

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Footnote 9

For example, 'Afghan,' 'Iranian,' etc.

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Footnote 10

The abbreviation 'n.i.e.' means 'not included elsewhere.' Includes persons with a write-in response such as 'Guyanese,' 'West Indian,' 'Tibetan,' 'Polynesian,' 'Pacific Islander,' etc.

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Footnote 11

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

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Footnote 12

Includes persons who reported 'Yes' to the Aboriginal group question (Question 18), as well as persons who were not considered to be members of a visible minority group.

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Source: Statistics Canada, 2016 Census of Population, Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-400-X2016190.

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