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2011 National Household Survey: Data tables
Tabulation: Visible Minority (15), 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
|Visible minority (15)||Generation status (4)|
|Total - Generation status||First generationFootnote 3||Second generationFootnote 4||Third generation or moreFootnote 5|
|Total - Population by visible minority||32,852,320||7,217,300||5,702,725||19,932,300|
|Total visible minority populationFootnote 6||6,264,750||4,342,695||1,700,190||221,860|
|South AsianFootnote 7||1,567,400||1,086,060||457,150||24,200|
|Southeast AsianFootnote 8||312,080||204,965||94,665||12,450|
|West AsianFootnote 9||206,840||171,240||35,120||480|
|Visible minority, n.i.e.Footnote 10||106,475||63,695||36,560||6,225|
|Multiple visible minoritiesFootnote 11||171,935||85,480||74,655||11,795|
|Not a visible minorityFootnote 12||26,587,575||2,874,595||4,002,530||19,710,440|
- Symbol ..
not available for a specific reference period
- Symbol ...
- Symbol x
suppressed to meet the confidentiality requirements of the Statistics Act
- Symbol F
too unreliable to be published
- Footnote 1
Excludes National Household Survey data for one or more incompletely enumerated Indian reserves or Indian settlements.
- Footnote 2
For the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) estimates, the global non-response rate (GNR) is used as an indicator of data quality. This indicator combines complete non-response (household) and partial non-response (question) into a single rate. The value of the GNR is presented to users. A smaller GNR indicates a lower risk of non-response bias and as a result, lower risk of inaccuracy. The threshold used for estimates' suppression is a GNR of 50% or more. For more information, please refer to the National Household Survey User Guide, 2011.
- Footnote 3
'First generation' includes persons who were born outside Canada. For the most part, these are people who are now, or have ever been, immigrants to Canada.
- Footnote 4
'Second generation' includes persons who were born in Canada and had at least one parent born outside Canada. For the most part, these are the children of immigrants.
- Footnote 5
'Third generation or more' includes persons who were born in Canada with both parents born in Canada.
- Footnote 6
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 7
For example, 'East Indian,' 'Pakistani,' 'Sri Lankan,' etc.
- Footnote 8
For example, 'Vietnamese,' 'Cambodian,' 'Malaysian,' 'Laotian,' etc.
- Footnote 9
For example, 'Iranian,' 'Afghan,' etc.
- Footnote 10
The abbreviation 'n.i.e.' means 'not included elsewhere.' Includes respondents who reported a write-in response such as 'Guyanese,' 'West Indian,' 'Tibetan,' 'Polynesian,' 'Pacific Islander,' etc.
- Footnote 11
Includes respondents who reported more than one visible minority group by checking two or more mark-in circles, e.g., 'Black' and 'South Asian.'
- Footnote 12
Includes respondents who reported 'Yes' to the Aboriginal identity question (Question 18) as well as respondents who were not considered to be members of a visible minority group.
Source: Statistics Canada, 2011 National Household Survey, Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 99-010-X2011029.
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