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Total Population by Visible Minority Population (1), for Canada, 1996 Census (20% Sample Data)


Total - Population by visible minority population 28,528,125
  Total visible minority population (2) 3,197,480
    Chinese 860,150
    South Asian 670,590
    Black 573,860
    Arab/West Asian 244,665
    Filipino 234,195
    Southeast Asian 172,765
    Latin American 176,970
    Japanese 68,135
    Korean 64,835
    Visible minority, n.i.e. (3) 69,745
    Multiple visible minority (4) 61,575
  All others (5) 25,330,645


This table provides counts of the visible minority population as defined for employment equity purposes. The 1996 Census was the first census to ask a direct question to provide data on visible minorities. The data included in this table are obtained from the population group question (Question 19).

The Employment Equity Act defines visible minorities as "persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour". The mark-in groups, other than "White", listed in the population group question are those that are likely to be members of a visible minority group.


Includes respondents who have been identified as members of a visible minority group, based on employment equity definitions.


Includes respondents who reported a single write-in response indicating a Pacific Islander group (for example "Fijian" or "Polynesian") or another single write-in response likely to be a visible minority group (for example "Guyanese", "Mauritian", "South American" or "West Indian").


Includes respondents who reported more than one visible minority group by checking two or more mark-in circles, for example "Black and South Asian".


Includes respondents who reported "Yes" to Question 18 (Aboriginal Identity, known in the 1996 Census Dictionary as Aboriginal Self-reporting), as well as respondents who were not considered to be members of a visible minority group.

This table contains data selected from Catalogue Nos. 93F0026XDB96004, 93F0026XDB96005 and 93F0026XDB96006 in the Nation Series.

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