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2011 National Household Survey: Data tables

Tabulation: Ethnic Origin (264), Single and Multiple Ethnic Origin Responses (3), Generation Status (4), Age Groups (10) and Sex (3) for the Population in Private Households of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2011 National Household Survey

About this variable: Ethnic origin (264)

Definition

Ethnic origin

Part A - Short definition
Not applicable

Part B - Detailed definition
Ethnic origin refers to the ethnic or cultural origins of the respondent's ancestors. 

Values

  1. Total - Ethnic origins Footnote 1
  2. North American Aboriginal origins
  3. First Nations (North American Indian)
  4. Inuit
  5. Métis
  6. Other North American origins
  7. Acadian
  8. American
  9. Canadian
  10. New Brunswicker
  11. Newfoundlander
  12. Nova Scotian
  13. Ontarian
  14. Québécois
  15. Other North American origins, n.i.e. Footnote 15
  16. European origins
  17. British Isles origins
  18. Channel Islander
  19. Cornish
  20. English
  21. Irish
  22. Manx
  23. Scottish
  24. Welsh
  25. British Isles origins, n.i.e. Footnote 25
  26. French origins
  27. Alsatian
  28. Breton
  29. French
  30. Western European origins (except French origins)
  31. Austrian
  32. Belgian
  33. Dutch
  34. Flemish
  35. Frisian
  36. German
  37. Luxembourger
  38. Swiss
  39. Western European origins, n.i.e. Footnote 39
  40. Northern European origins (except British Isles origins)
  41. Danish
  42. Finnish
  43. Icelandic
  44. Norwegian
  45. Swedish
  46. Northern European origins, n.i.e. Footnote 46
  47. Eastern European origins
  48. Bulgarian
  49. Byelorussian
  50. Czech
  51. Czechoslovakian, n.o.s.
  52. Estonian
  53. Hungarian
  54. Latvian
  55. Lithuanian
  56. Moldovan
  57. Polish
  58. Romanian
  59. Russian
  60. Slovak
  61. Ukrainian
  62. Eastern European origins, n.i.e. Footnote 62
  63. Southern European origins
  64. Albanian
  65. Bosnian
  66. Croatian
  67. Cypriot
  68. Greek
  69. Italian
  70. Kosovar
  71. Macedonian
  72. Maltese
  73. Montenegrin
  74. Portuguese
  75. Serbian
  76. Sicilian
  77. Slovenian
  78. Spanish
  79. Yugoslavian, n.o.s.
  80. Southern European origins, n.i.e. Footnote 80
  81. Other European origins
  82. Basque
  83. Jewish
  84. Roma (Gypsy)
  85. Slavic, n.o.s.
  86. Other European origins, n.i.e. Footnote 86
  87. Caribbean origins
  88. Antiguan
  89. Bahamian
  90. Barbadian
  91. Bermudan
  92. Carib
  93. Cuban
  94. Dominican
  95. Grenadian
  96. Haitian
  97. Jamaican
  98. Kittitian/Nevisian
  99. Martinican
  100. Montserratan
  101. Puerto Rican
  102. St. Lucian
  103. Trinidadian/Tobagonian
  104. Vincentian/Grenadinian
  105. West Indian, n.o.s.
  106. Caribbean origins, n.i.e. Footnote 106
  107. Latin, Central and South American origins
  108. Aboriginal from Central/South America (except Maya)
  109. Argentinian
  110. Belizean
  111. Bolivian
  112. Brazilian
  113. Chilean
  114. Colombian
  115. Costa Rican
  116. Ecuadorian
  117. Guatemalan
  118. Guyanese
  119. Hispanic
  120. Honduran
  121. Maya
  122. Mexican
  123. Nicaraguan
  124. Panamanian
  125. Paraguayan
  126. Peruvian
  127. Salvadorean
  128. Uruguayan
  129. Venezuelan
  130. Latin, Central and South American origins, n.i.e. Footnote 130
  131. African origins
  132. Central and West African origins
  133. Akan
  134. Angolan
  135. Ashanti
  136. Beninese
  137. Burkinabe
  138. Cameroonian
  139. Chadian
  140. Congolese
  141. Gabonese
  142. Gambian
  143. Ghanaian
  144. Guinean
  145. Ibo
  146. Ivorian
  147. Liberian
  148. Malian
  149. Nigerian
  150. Peulh
  151. Senegalese
  152. Sierra Leonean
  153. Togolese
  154. Yoruba
  155. Central and West African origins, n.i.e. Footnote 155
  156. North African origins
  157. Algerian
  158. Berber
  159. Coptic
  160. Dinka
  161. Egyptian
  162. Libyan
  163. Maure
  164. Moroccan
  165. Sudanese
  166. Tunisian
  167. North African origins, n.i.e. Footnote 167
  168. Southern and East African origins
  169. Afrikaner
  170. Amhara
  171. Bantu, n.o.s.
  172. Burundian
  173. Eritrean
  174. Ethiopian
  175. Harari
  176. Kenyan
  177. Malagasy
  178. Mauritian
  179. Oromo
  180. Rwandan
  181. Seychellois
  182. Somali
  183. South African
  184. Tanzanian
  185. Tigrian
  186. Ugandan
  187. Zambian
  188. Zimbabwean
  189. Zulu
  190. Southern and East African origins, n.i.e. Footnote 190
  191. Other African origins
  192. Black, n.o.s. Footnote 192
  193. Other African origins, n.i.e. Footnote 193
  194. Asian origins
  195. West Central Asian and Middle Eastern origins
  196. Afghan
  197. Arab, n.o.s.
  198. Armenian
  199. Assyrian
  200. Azerbaijani
  201. Georgian
  202. Iranian
  203. Iraqi
  204. Israeli
  205. Jordanian
  206. Kazakh
  207. Kurd
  208. Kuwaiti
  209. Lebanese
  210. Palestinian
  211. Pashtun
  212. Saudi Arabian
  213. Syrian
  214. Tajik
  215. Tatar
  216. Turk
  217. Uighur
  218. Uzbek
  219. Yemeni
  220. West Central Asian and Middle Eastern origins, n.i.e. Footnote 220
  221. South Asian origins
  222. Bangladeshi
  223. Bengali
  224. East Indian Footnote 224
  225. Goan
  226. Gujarati
  227. Kashmiri
  228. Nepali
  229. Pakistani
  230. Punjabi
  231. Sinhalese
  232. Sri Lankan
  233. Tamil
  234. South Asian origins, n.i.e. Footnote 234
  235. East and Southeast Asian origins
  236. Burmese
  237. Cambodian (Khmer)
  238. Chinese
  239. Filipino
  240. Hmong
  241. Indonesian
  242. Japanese
  243. Korean
  244. Laotian
  245. Malaysian
  246. Mongolian
  247. Singaporean
  248. Taiwanese
  249. Thai
  250. Tibetan
  251. Vietnamese
  252. East and Southeast Asian origins, n.i.e. Footnote 252
  253. Other Asian origins
  254. Other Asian origins, n.i.e. Footnote 254
  255. Oceania origins
  256. Australian
  257. New Zealander
  258. Pacific Islands origins
  259. Fijian
  260. Hawaiian
  261. Maori
  262. Polynesian, n.o.s.
  263. Samoan
  264. Pacific Islands origins, n.i.e. Footnote 264

Footnotes

Footnote 1

This is a total population estimate. The sum of the ethnic groups in this table is greater than the total population estimate because a person may report more than one ethnic origin in the NHS.

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Footnote 15

Includes general responses indicating North American origins (e.g., 'North American') as well as more specific responses indicating North American origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Maritimer,' 'Manitoban').

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Footnote 25

Includes general responses indicating British Isles origins (e.g., 'British,' 'United Kingdom') as well as more specific responses indicating British Isles origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Celtic').

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Footnote 39

Includes general responses indicating Western European origins (e.g., 'Western European') as well as more specific responses indicating Western European origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Liechtensteiner').

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Footnote 46

Includes general responses indicating Northern European origins (e.g., 'Northern European') as well as more specific responses indicating Northern European origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Faroese,' 'Scandinavian').

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Footnote 62

Includes general responses indicating Eastern European origins (e.g., 'Eastern European') as well as more specific responses indicating Eastern European origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Baltic').

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Footnote 80

Includes general responses indicating Southern European origins (e.g., 'Southern European') as well as more specific responses indicating Southern European origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Gibraltarian').

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Footnote 86

Includes general responses indicating Other European origins (e.g., 'European') as well as more specific responses indicating European origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Central European').

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Footnote 106

Includes general responses indicating Caribbean origins (e.g., 'Caribbean') as well as more specific responses indicating Caribbean origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Guadelupian,' 'Aruban').

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Footnote 130

Includes general responses indicating Latin, Central or South American origins (e.g., 'South American') as well as more specific responses indicating Latin, Central or South American origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Surinamese').

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Footnote 155

Includes general responses indicating Central or West African origins (e.g., 'West African') as well as more specific responses indicating Central or West African origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Ewe,' 'Wolof').

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Footnote 167

Includes general responses indicating North African origins (e.g., 'North African') as well as more specific responses indicating North African origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Maghreb').

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Footnote 190

Includes general responses indicating Southern or East African origins (e.g., 'East African') as well as more specific responses indicating Southern or East African origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Hutu,' 'Shona').

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Footnote 192

Some respondents may choose to provide very specific ethnic origins in the National Household Survey (NHS), while other respondents may choose to give more general responses. This means that two respondents with the same ethnic ancestry could have different response patterns and thus could be counted as having different ethnic origins. For example, one respondent may report 'East Indian' ethnic origin while another respondent, with a similar ancestral background, may report 'Punjabi' or 'South Asian' origins; one respondent may report 'Black' while another, similar respondent, may report 'Ghanaian' or 'African.' As a result, ethnic origin data are very fluid, and counts for certain origins, such as 'East Indian' and 'Black,' may seem lower than initially expected. Users who wish to obtain broader response counts may wish to combine data for one or more ethnic origins together or use counts for ethnic categories such as 'South Asian origins' or 'African origins.' (Please note, however, that 'African origins' should not be considered equivalent to the 'Black' population group or visible minority status, as there are persons reporting African origins who report a population group or visible minority status other than 'Black.' Conversely, many people report a population group or visible minority status of 'Black' and do not report having 'African' origins. For information on population group and visible minority population in the 2011 NHS, refer to the appropriate definitions in this publication).

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Footnote 193

Includes general responses indicating Other African origins (e.g., 'African') as well as more specific responses indicating Other African origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Saharan').

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Footnote 220

Includes general responses indicating West Asian, Central Asian and Middle Eastern origins (e.g., 'West Asian,' 'Middle Eastern') as well as more specific responses indicating West Asian, Central Asian and Middle Eastern origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Baloch,' 'Circassian').

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Footnote 224

Some respondents may choose to provide very specific ethnic origins in the National Household Survey (NHS), while other respondents may choose to give more general responses. This means that two respondents with the same ethnic ancestry could have different response patterns and thus could be counted as having different ethnic origins. For example, one respondent may report 'East Indian' ethnic origin while another respondent, with a similar ancestral background, may report 'Punjabi' or 'South Asian' origins; one respondent may report 'Black' while another, similar respondent, may report 'Ghanaian' or 'African.' As a result, ethnic origin data are very fluid, and counts for certain origins, such as 'East Indian' and 'Black,' may seem lower than initially expected. Users who wish to obtain broader response counts may wish to combine data for one or more ethnic origins together or use counts for ethnic categories such as 'South Asian origins' or 'African origins.' (Please note, however, that 'African origins' should not be considered equivalent to the 'Black' population group or visible minority status, as there are persons reporting African origins who report a population group or visible minority status other than 'Black.' Conversely, many people report a population group or visible minority status of 'Black' and do not report having 'African' origins. For information on population group and visible minority population in the 2011 NHS, refer to the appropriate definitions in this publication).

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Footnote 234

Includes general responses indicating South Asian origins (e.g., 'South Asian') as well as more specific responses indicating South Asian origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Bhutanese').

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Footnote 252

Includes general responses indicating East and Southeast Asian origins (e.g., 'Southeast Asian') as well as more specific responses indicating East and Southeast Asian origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Bruneian,' 'Karen').

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Footnote 254

Includes general responses indicating Other Asian origins (e.g., 'Asian') as well as more specific responses indicating Other Asian origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Eurasian').

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Footnote 264

Includes general responses indicating Pacific Islands origins (e.g., 'Pacific Islander') as well as more specific responses indicating Pacific Islands origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Tahitian').

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