An Ethnocultural Profile of Canada

An ethnocultural profile of Canada at the outset of the 21st century shows a nation that has become increasingly multi-ethnic and multicultural. This portrait varies from province to territory, city to city, and community.

As of 2021, 2,571,400 Canadians had South Asian geographical origins, constituting approximately 7.1% of the total Canadian population and 35.1% of the entire Asian Canadian population.

Over the past 100 years, each new immigrant wave has shaped Canada as a nation and added to its ethnic and cultural composition. Half a century ago, most immigrants came from Europe. Now, most newcomers are from Asia. As a result, the number of visible minorities in Canada is growing. Besides, Canadians listed over 250 ethnic groups in answering the 2016 Census question on ethnic ancestry, reflecting a varied, rich cultural mosaic as the nation started the new millennium.

A massive mix of Canadian and Foreign “grey” market ethnic social media channels is underutilized by mainstream agencies. In addition, today’s urban immigrants are young, tech-savvy, and more proactive than the previous generations. A significant social shift in spending patterns is impacting real estate, financial services, automobiles, telecom, and airlines. 

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Additional Information.
Children of Asian immigrant parents are more likely to attain postsecondary credentials than those of third-generation or higher immigrants. Second-generation Asian Canadians have very high levels of education. For more info: StatCan.


Ethnocultural Profile of Canada