Saturday, October 28, 2017

Toronto officially has a visible majority

The figures are based on the 2016 census, but for some reason they are just being officially released now: 51.5% of Toronto residents identify as visible minorities, up from 47% at the previous census in 2011. In Canada as a whole, just 22.3% identify as visible minorities, and 29% in the province of Onrario as a whole. But things are very different in Toronto, one of the most multi-cultural large cities in the world.
The largest minoriy groups in Toronto are South Asian (13%), Chinese (11%), Black (9%), and Filipino (6%), followed by smaller groups of Latin American, West Asian, "Multiple", Korean, Southeast Asian, Arab and "Other".
Five other municipalities in the Greater Toronto Area also reported a majority of visible minorities (a visible majority?) - Mississauga, Brampton, Markham, Richmond Hill and Ajax - some of these cities having even greater immigrant proportions than Toronto. For example, 78% of Markham residents identify as visible minorities, and 73% of Brampton residents.
At the other end of the scale, many northern and small rural municipalities in Ontario have just 1%-2% of visible minorities in their populations. Other larger conurbations like Ottawa, Kitchener-Waterloo, Windsor, etc, are about mid-way between the two extremes.

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