By the numbers: Black History Month 2022

By the numbers: Black History Month 2022 (PDF, 13.29 MB)

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Black History Month is an opportunity to highlight the contributions and accomplishments of Black Canadians and their communities, today and every day.

A positive outlook

Among Canada’s Black population, 76% of immigrants and 85% of non-immigrants felt that their life opportunities would improve within the next five years. Among the rest of the population, these proportions were significantly lower (57% and 46% respectively).

Source: Statistics Canada, General Social Survey – Canadians at Work and Home, 2016.

Fighting COVID-19 on the front lines

In 2016, one-third of female Black workers aged 25 to 59 in Canada worked in the health care and social assistance sector. No other sector has such high proportions of female Black workers.

Source: Statistics Canada, 2016 Census of Population.

More likely to hold a bachelor’s degree or higher

In 2021, Black Canadians in the core age group (25 to 54 years) were more likely to hold a bachelor's degree or higher (41.1%) than people in the same age group who did not belong to a visible minority and were not Indigenous (34.2%).

Source:Statistics Canada. Labour Force Survey Supplement, custom tabulation.

Contributions to the scientific community

In 2016, 71,365 Black Canadians 25 years and older that had a postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 37-10-0171-01 Postsecondary qualification holders aged 25 years and over by highest certificate, diploma or degree, STEM and BHASE (non-STEM) groupings for major field of study, sex and selected demographic characteristics.

Looking for more disaggregated data on this topic?

Stay tuned as we will provide a detailed portrait of Canada’s diverse ethnocultural population later this year in our 2021 Census data releases:

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