Data tables, 2016 Census
Labour Force Status (8), Visible Minority (15), Immigrant Status and Period of Immigration (11), Highest Certificate, Diploma or Degree (7), Age (13A) and Sex (3) for the Population Aged 15 Years and Over in Private Households of Canada, Provinces and Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2016 Census - 25% Sample Data
About this variable: Visible minority (15)
'Visible minority' refers to whether a person belongs to a visible minority group as defined by the Employment Equity Act and, if so, the visible minority group to which the person 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 consists mainly of the following groups: South Asian, Chinese, Black, Filipino, Latin American, Arab, Southeast Asian, West Asian, Korean and Japanese.
- Total - Visible minority Footnote 1
- Total visible minority population Footnote 2
- South Asian Footnote 3
- Latin American
- Southeast Asian Footnote 9
- West Asian Footnote 10
- Visible minority, n.i.e. Footnote 13
- Multiple visible minorities Footnote 14
- Not a visible minority Footnote 15
- Footnote 1
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.
- Footnote 2
The Employment Equity Act defines visible minorities as 'persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.'
- Footnote 3
For example, 'East Indian,' 'Pakistani,' 'Sri Lankan,' etc.
- Footnote 9
For example, 'Vietnamese,' 'Cambodian,' 'Laotian,' 'Thai,' etc.
- Footnote 10
For example, 'Afghan,' 'Iranian,' etc.
- Footnote 13
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.
- Footnote 14
Includes persons who gave more than one visible minority group by checking two or more mark-in responses, e.g., 'Black' and 'South Asian.'
- Footnote 15
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.