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 more than 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. As a result, there is a big social shift in the spending pattern with a significant impact on real estate, financial services, automobiles, telecom, and the airline industry.
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Children of immigrant parents from Asian regions (East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, West Central Asia, and the Middle East) are more likely to obtain a postsecondary certificate, diploma, or degree than children of third- (or higher) generation immigrants. Second-generation Asian Canadians have very high levels of education. For more info: StatCan.