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Total Population by Visible Minority Population (1),
for Canada, 1996 Census (20% Sample Data)
|Total - Population
by visible minority population
| Total visible
minority population (2)
minority, n.i.e. (3)
visible minority (4)
| All others
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
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
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
This table contains data selected from Catalogue
Nos. 93F0026XDB96004, 93F0026XDB96005
in the Nation Series.
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