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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

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This table details visible minority , generation status , age groups and sex for the population in private households in CanadaFootnote 1
Global non-response rate (GNR)Footnote 2 = 26.1 %
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
Chinese 1,324,745 970,430 317,010 37,310
Black 945,665 537,060 324,050 84,555
Filipino 619,310 476,465 133,810 9,035
Latin American 381,280 300,990 77,260 3,030
Arab 380,620 279,710 97,900 3,015
Southeast AsianFootnote 8 312,080 204,965 94,665 12,450
West AsianFootnote 9 206,840 171,240 35,120 480
Korean 161,130 134,385 25,185 1,560
Japanese 87,265 32,220 26,835 28,210
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


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not available for a specific reference period


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not applicable


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Footnote 5

'Third generation or more' includes persons who were born in Canada with both parents born in Canada.

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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.'

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Footnote 7

For example, 'East Indian,' 'Pakistani,' 'Sri Lankan,' etc.

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Footnote 8

For example, 'Vietnamese,' 'Cambodian,' 'Malaysian,' 'Laotian,' etc.

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Footnote 9

For example, 'Iranian,' 'Afghan,' etc.

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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.

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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.'

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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.

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Source: Statistics Canada, 2011 National Household Survey, Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 99-010-X2011029.

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