Transcript of the chat session on 2016 Census Immigration and ethnocultural diversity data, which occurred on Friday, October 27, 2017 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST

Note: This was a bilingual chat session, which means that the participants were able to submit their questions in English or French. Statistics Canada respects the Official Languages Act and is committed to ensuring that information products of equal quality are available in both English and French. For that reason, all the questions and answers have been translated in the other official language.

 Moderator at 12:27:12
Welcome everyone! This is a bilingual chat session, which means that you can submit your questions in English or French. Our experts will respond in a timely manner and in the official language in which the question was asked.

 gautam at 12:30:55
I have 5 questions, can I ask them all at one time or one by one?

 Moderator at 12:32:25
Please send them one at a time as they may not all pertain to the same expert.

 gautam at 12:35:54
Thanks for your responses as they come in.

 Moderator at 12:37:43
Thank you for your patience!

 Farzana Khan at 12:30:29
Hi is it possible to see immigration and diversity stats specifically for Scarborough (as a whole)? I am looking for information on racial/ethnic group composition, language, education and foreign born Scarborough population. Thanks.

 Hélène Maheux at 12:38:47
Hi Farzana Khan,
Thank you for your interest in the census data. On our website, you can consult the 2016 Census profile to get information about your community. Unfortunately, we do not have Scarborough as a whole, but we do have information on six federal electoral districts of Scarborough.
Data on education are not yet available. They will be released on November 29, 2017.

 EmmaC at 12:33:39
I'm curious about the number of immigrants who came to Canada under the economic development objective. What are the top 5 sectors that economic immigrants are working in?

 Jarod Dobson at 12:39:04
Thank you for your question.
We will be releasing information on the labour force and education characteristics of Canadians on November 29th, 2017. At that time, it will be possible to get information on the sectors of the economy where immigrants are working.

 gautam at 12:32:54
1. 2016 census at places says 25% Sample Data and others says 20% sample data, what does sample data mean?

 Jean-Pierre Corbeil at 12:39:10
Hi,
The long-form census questionnaire was sent to a sample of 25% of the Canadian population. In censuses prior to 2011, it was sent to a sample of 20% of the population. All data from the long-form questionnaire are then weighted to make sure they represent the overall Canadian population.
Thank you!

 gautam at 12:35:03
4. Is there a possibility to get all census tabs but by each ethnic group as headers so we can understand the profiles by major ethnic groups?

 Jarod Dobson at 12:43:38
Thanks for your question.
We will be releasing a Special Interest Profile showing the characteristics of persons with various ethnic origins in the first quarter of 2018.

 kathyvandergrift at 12:36:08
Appreciate data on aboriginal children 0 - 4. Do you have information on aboriginal children in foster homes for ages 4 - 12, and perhaps children 0 - 18 not living with parents in other residential care settings, as well as private foster homes?

 Moderator at 12:44:53
This chat session is focusing on the topics of immigration and ethnocultural diversity. Aboriginal Peoples data will be covered during the upcoming chat session Monday October 30, 2017, at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time. We hope you can join us and ask your question at that time!

 joshmarko at 12:33:27
Similar to the first question, I'm wondering if and when immigration and diversity statistics will be available at the health region level. This would apply to all information from the Census. Thanks!

 Hélène Maheux at 12:46:10
Hello joshmarko,
I am not sure when it will be available at the health region level. We will contact you with the answer via email after the chat session.

 rshahid at 12:34:06
I was wonderign if Hutterite Colonies location and population available?

 Jean-Pierre Corbeil at 12:47:07
Hello! Thank you for the question.
While we do not identify specific locations of census respondents, some information was part of the second census release May 3, 2017. The table Type of Collective Dwelling (16) and Collective Dwellings Occupied by Usual Residents and Population in Collective Dwellings (2) (Catalogue number 98-400-X2016019) presents the counts of colonies and persons living in them.
Other private compilations are available on the internet.

 TavneetUppal at 12:37:46
Will it be possible to view the immigrants admitted by application type (1980-2016) on a CMA/CA level?

 Hélène Maheux at 12:48:23
Hello TavneetUppal,
Thank you for your question. On October 25, we released data tables that include immigrant admission category by applicant type for the CMA/CA level. The different applicant types are only distinguished for economic immigrants.

 Plannergrl at 12:33:42
Do you have any plans to release more tables at a census tract level? Beyond the census profiles? Thanks

 Kathryn Spence at 12:49:46
Hello,
Thank you for your question. We do not have any plans to release more data tables at the census tract level. You can request a custom data table for this level of geography.

 gautam at 12:47:37
Wild One- Is there any media consumption coverage in the census at all or anything that indirectly links to communication platforms to Canadians or Ethnic Canadians? Or anything about internet consumption?

 Moderator at 12:52:51
Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, that subject is outside the experts' area of expertise. We will follow up with you by email in the following business days.

 gautam at 12:35:25
5. The geography table show Toronto as Metropolitan Area only, are there cumulative options if we wanted to review Greater Toronto Area or do we have to manually make a combine of all regios that fall under GTA, and similarly for Greater Vancouver Area?

 Kathryn Spence at 12:57:06
Hello,
Thank you for your question. Yes, you would have to manually combine all the regions that fall under the Greater Toronto Area or Greater Vancouver Area. You can contact Statistics Canada if you require a custom table for this geography.

 gautam at 12:34:08
3. Under the income tables, it shows median and average incomes, are specific income band tables available? Also it shows a total population of 28.6 as opposed to 35.1 total Canada population?

 Jean-Pierre Corbeil at 12:58:54
Hello, thank you for your question.
Tables by specific income brackets are not currently available. More will be published in the first quarter of 2018. However, your specific requirement might be better addressed with a custom tabulation. If you want to pursue that route, please contact us.
The population in that income table are persons aged 15 years and older living in private households.

 rshahid at 12:39:08
I notice 2016 boudnaries (DB, DA, or CSD) do not align with 2011 or 2006 even where there is no change in the boundary. What was the reason of this change? Would it be addressed sometime later?

 Jean-Pierre Corbeil at 13:00:47
Hi,
Usually, 2016 data are always based on new boundaries. That is why data from previous censuses are often different for the same geography. Statistics Canada's Geography Division is responsible for this subject matter. I strongly recommend that you contact Statistics Canada for more details.
Regards,

 dml5 at 12:47:32
What are the number of common law sponsorships between 2011 and 2016 and broken down by gender, age, country of origin of each spouse?

 Hélène Maheux at 13:01:44
Hello dml5,
Thank you for your question. We do not distinguish between spouses, fiancés, common-law partners or conjugal partners in the sponsored spouses or partners program. However, we do have data tables that show the number of immigrants who landed from 1980 to 2016 under the sponsored spouses or partners program by gender and age at the provincial and territorial level. We also have data tables that show the number of immigrants sponsored by family who landed from 1980 to 2016 by gender, age and place of birth. For a custom tabulation that includes place of birth by detailed admission category, please contact us.

 dml5 at 12:48:33
What are the number of multiracial marriages/common law marriages by gender, country of origin and age?

 Hélène Maheux at 13:02:44
I think this is a very interesting suggestion! We will certainly consider this request once all 2016 Census data are released.

 Sheila Block at 12:43:29
Is the income data by immigration and visible minority group available by decile on the website? Thank you

 Jean-Pierre Corbeil at 13:02:47
Thank you for your question.
This perspective is not featured in the currently available tables. We could produce custom tables that would show either the income decile thresholds by immigrant status and visible minority group or the composition of income decile groups by immigrant status and visible minority group.

 auburnlarose at 12:44:30
It would be interesting to examine patterns of immigration by country over time (since 2001, for example). However, every census year, the place of origin data is aggregated differently (i.e., in some years we are able to see four countries within, let's say, South America where immgrants are coming from, followed by the category that encompasses the rest of south america, while in other years, we only see one country followed by the rest of South Amerca. Will this data by country ever be released (recognizing the complexity in countries that may have shifted borders or changed names during that time period)?

 Kathryn Spence at 13:03:56
Hello,
Thank you for your question. Currently there are no plans to release data to compare place of birth back to 2001. You can request a custom table that aggregates the place of birth variable to compare over time.

 auburnlarose at 12:58:50
[I have to step out of this chat. Can my question be answered by email, please?]

 Moderator at 13:04:55
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 EmmaC at 12:52:40
Is there a breakdown of refugee claimants' countries of origin?

 Kathryn Spence at 13:07:37
Hello,
Thank you for your question. Refugee claimants are included in the non-permanent resident category, which also includes persons with a work permit and/or study permit. There is no information specifically for the refugee claimants by place of birth.

 ekwan at 12:38:15
Is there a separate method to get sound?

 Moderator at 13:08:26
Unfortunately, there is no sound. This is a written question and answer event. Please use the "Question" box above the live feed to submit your written questions to our data experts. Your question will appear in the live chat feed shortly after submission.

 klararar at 12:58:54
Is there any way to connect a Stats Canada data source into a visualization software like Tableau in order to manipulate the data?

 Jean-Pierre Corbeil at 13:09:13
Thank you for your interest in our data.
I am not aware of a specific connector designed to access our tables. You might have to download some tables in a CSV format and then read them in.
Tableau user communities might be able to help you design a connector (possibly to interface with the xml SMDX format we offer for most of our Census tables).

 dml5 at 12:56:42
Sorry need to rephrase. What is the number per year between 2011 and 2016 for skilled black immigrants -- not for refugees.

 Hélène Maheux at 13:12:07
Hello again dml5!
Thank you for your interest in census data. We will be releasing more data tables in 2018 that could answer your question. If you require this data earlier, please contact us for custom tabulations.

 christina.tucker3 at 13:02:38
Hello, With past census data you have published tables with 'regions of origin' rather than country. Is this something that will be available or something that could easily be accessed? I am specifically looking for Immigrant population by place of birth, by region rather than country. Thanks

 Jarod Dobson at 13:13:42
Hi christina.tucker3,
In the 2016 Census data released this week, we have tables showing both region and specific country of birth, as well as broad and specific ethnic origins. Here is a link to a table showing information by place of birth and another link to a table showing data by ethnic origin.
Thanks!

 Sangeeta at 13:06:19
Is it possible to get the wage gap between immigrants and Canadian-born based on country of origin, occupation by NOC, education level and age at immigration? Trying to get at if there is a "penalty" for immigrants from certain countries that are older and more highly educated?

 Eric Olson at 13:14:57
If you want tables by occupation, there will be some disseminated with the November 29 release of the Education, Labour, Journey to work, Language of work, Mobility and migration topics.
These tables may not address your specific request, however. Additional tables are planned for early 2018 but custom tabulations may be required for this specific topic.

 Farzana Khan at 13:01:09
Thanks, Helene. Would it be accurate if I add the data for each of the six federal electoral districts of Scarborough - to get the total for Scarborough? ----------- Hi is it possible to see immigration and diversity stats specifically for Scarborough (as a whole)? I am looking for information on racial/ethnic group composition, language, education and foreign born Scarborough population. Thanks. Hélène Maheux at 12:38:47 Hi Farzana Khan, Thank you for your interest in the census data. On our website, you can consult the 2016 Census profile to get information about your community. Unfortunately, we do not have Scarborough as a whole, but we do have information on six federal electoral districts of Scarborough.

 Hélène Maheux at 13:16:20
Hello Farzana Khan,
Thank you for your follow-up. Yes, you can add them together to get an estimate of Scarborough. You could also request a custom tabulation for this geography.

 gautam at 13:08:09
Final one and then promise to be quiet! - Does the statscan website give an rough idea of what custom tables for ethnic population would cost? Or is it on a case to case basis?

 Jarod Dobson at 13:17:58
Thank you for your question,
The cost for custom tables can vary depending on the level of complexity and the size. The best way to know would be to send an email to STATCAN.infostats-infostats.STATCAN@canada.ca
I hope this answers your question.

 nat.hui at 13:09:08
Could you tell us a bit more on the "Special Interest Profile showing the characteristics of persons with various ethnic origins in the first quarter of 2018" in your response to Jarod Dobson earlier in this chat? In particular, I would like to know how would that be different or the same as the traditional Target Group Profiles?

 Jarod Dobson at 13:19:47
Hi nat.hui,
We're still finalizing the specifications of the 2016 Special Interest Profile for ethnic origins, but here is a link to a similar table that we produced for the 2011 National Household Survey. The table that we're going to be producing should look very similar to this 2011 table.
Thanks!

 dml5 at 12:50:37
What were the black immigration levels between 2011 and 2016? Any African countries?

 Hélène Maheux at 13:22:08
It is possible to find the number of recent immigrants who arrived between 2011 and 2016 and who are Black in this data table. Do not hesitate to contact Statistics Canada to get more detailed data on this population.

 Moderator at 13:14:12
Our experts are working hard to answer your questions. Thank you for your patience! Please keep your questions coming!

 dml5 at 13:19:36
Do students still have free access to the data tables?

 Moderator at 13:24:30
Hi, thank you for your question. We will get back to you after the chat session with the type of data available free of charge to students.

 dml5 at 13:22:55
What were the black immigration levels between 2011 and 2016? Any African countries? Hélène Maheux at 13:12:01 It is possible to find the number of recent immigrants who arrived between 2011 and 2016 and who are Black in this data table. Do not hesitate to contact Statistics Canada to get more detailed data on this population ______________________________ Thanks but there wasn't a link to a table with this response :) Can I get the link?

 Hélène Maheux at 13:25:48
I have updated my answer with the link to the data table.

 bethany.white at 13:26:33
The link the 2011 data table (special interest profile) provided in a response below from Kathryn Spence does not work (error 404) - could you send me a new link?

 Moderator at 13:27:23
Thank you, it has been corrected now.

 hunter.lorne at 13:14:53
Is it possible to get data on ethnicity by place of birth?

 Kathryn Spence at 13:27:32
Hello,
Thank you for your question. This data is not currently available on our website. However, in 2018 we will be releasing a special interest profile on ethnic origin, which will have information on place of birth. The specifications are not finalized but here is a data table from 2011 that shows similar content that will be released in 2018. If the information is required sooner, you can contact us for a custom tabulation.

 gautam at 13:29:06
Thank you Moderator, Jean-Pierre, Jarod, Kathyrn, Eric, Helene and fellow participants! First experience and a very interesting one, happy weekend to all! Gautam Nath

Moderator at 13:28:06

Thank you for participating!

 Moderator at 12:27:12
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