The story of Canada's ethnocultural diversity in numbers

Telling Canada’s Story in Numbers #ByTheNumbers

Statistics Canada's role is vital in providing consistent data over time that tell the story of Canada's ethnic, linguistic and cultural diversity. This diversity stems from the Aboriginal people who lived here well before the first European settlers arrived, as well as from various waves of international migration. Since Confederation in 1867, more than 17 million people from all over the world have made Canada their home.

On April 25, Statistics Canada celebrated Canada 150 and its ethnocultural diversity. Our guest speaker, Peter S. Li, Sociology Professor Emeritus at the University of Saskatchewan, shed light on the ‘construction of diversity in Canada’, based not only on demographic realities but also on normative values at different points in time. His presentation was followed by a panel discussion with experts from various fields and audience questions.

This event brought together academics, historians, students, policy makers, community organizations and practitioners in a discussion to advance our collective understanding of diversity in Canada.

When: Tuesday, April 25, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, 150 Albert Street, 2nd floor, Rideau Room, Ottawa, Ontario

Cost: Free

Registration is closed.


Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada, Statistics Canada

Guest speaker

Peter S. Li, PhD., D.Litt., C.M. FRSC, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, University of Saskatchewan


Jean-Pierre Corbeil, Assistant Director, Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division, Statistics Canada


Jack Jedwab, Executive Vice-President, Association for Canadian Studies and Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration

Ümit Kiziltan, Director General, Research and Evaluation Branch, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Nora Spinks, Chief Executive Officer, The Vanier Institute of the Family

Yoko Yoshida, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University

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