Immigrant Population Increasing in Canada

  • 6.2 million: The immigrant population in Canada in 2006, up from 3.9 million in 1986, increasing from 15.6 per cent of the Canadian population to 19.8 per cent.
  • 12.5 per cent: The proportion of the foreign-born population in the United States in 2006.
  • 28 per cent: The proportion of immigrants in Ontario in 2006, the highest in the country. The proportion was 27.5 per cent in British Columbia, 16.2 per cent in Alberta, 13.3 per cent in Manitoba and 11.5 per cent in Quebec.
  • 22 per cent: The proportion of immigrants in Canada by 2017 if current immigration trends continue.
  • 1.8 million: The projected size of each of the South Asian and Chinese populations in Canada in 2017, making them the two largest visible minority groups.
  • 150 per cent: The projected increase in the West Asian population between now and 2017, making it the fastest growing visible minority group in Canada, followed by Koreans (120 per cent) and Arabs (118 per cent).
  • 13.6 per cent: The growth rate of Canada’s foreign-born population between 2001 and 2006. The Canadian-born population only increased 3.3 per cent in the same period.

(Source: Canadian Demographics at a Glance, Statistics Canada, Jan. 25, 2008; and Projections of the Diversity of the Canadian Population, 2006 to 2031, Statistics Canada, March 9, 2010.)