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Catalogue number: Catalogue number: 11-629-x

Issue number: 2015032

June 2015

A Statistics Canada Minute - Immigration and Diversity - Transcript

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(The title of the video "A Statistics Canada Minute – Immigration and Diversity", the Statistics Canada identifier and the Canada wordmark appear on the screen.)

(Speeded-up shots of crowds on busy streets.)

The face of the Canadian population is changing.

About 34 million people lived in Canada in 2011.

(Shots of people go off focus. The words "34 million" and "population in 2011" appear on the screen.)

7.5 million were born outside the country. That's more than 1 in 5 people.

(The words "7.5 million" are superimposed on a map of Canada, along with a graphic icon representing a baby. The text and icon move into open space to the right of the map. The whole image zooms out and goes off focus. Five black stick figure icons appear in the foreground and one and a half turn red.)

According to projections, and if current immigration levels continue, more than 25%, or 1 Canadian in 4 in 2031 could be born abroad.

(A big close-up of a pen on a Citizenship and Immigration Canada form. Next we see an image of a map of North America with four stick figure icons on Canada, three in black and three in red. The image zooms out to show a map of the world and the year"2031" appears on the screen, along with three arrows originating from different continents and converging on Canada.)

If we consider the Canadian-born children of immigrants these numbers become even more significant.

(Speeded-up, off-focus images of crowds of people walking, with two stick figure icon - a female and a male, and three baby icons with small Canadian flags superimposed on top.)

And according to projections, this proportion could increase to 47% by 2031. That's almost one Canadian in two that would either be born abroad or born in Canada from at least one parent born abroad.

(More off-focus background crowd shots, and in the foreground we see five stick figure icons, almost one half of them are coloured in red and the reminder in black. We see the numbers "47%" and "2031" on the screen. This dissolves into a white background with two large stick figure icons, one red, and one black, with the words "almost 1 Canadian in 2".)

An increasingly diverse society has a number of implications for Canada.

(We see a shot of a road with speeded-up traffic. The image dissolves into two flags fluttering in the wind, one a Canadian flag and the other one that says "Ottawa".)

Going forward, more people living in Canada will have family and other close connections in other countries, leading to more international exchanges and relationships.

(We see a paved bike path and the wheels of three bicycles rolling past. Next we see a speeded-up shot of people walking across a pedestrian plaza.)

The presence and influence of specific groups of the population is likely to increase;

(We see an ethnically-diverse group of people reflected in a glass door that bears the Canada wordmark.)

And more public debates on issues such as inclusion, multiculturalism,. cohesion and accommodations are likely to be heard.

(The camera pans across the Rideau Canal and presents a panoramic view of the parliament building complex in Ottawa.)

To know more about Canada visit us at

(A white screen appears with the Statistics Canada identifier at the top left hand corner, and a hand holding a marker and a red checkmark at the opposite corner. Statistics Canada website address "" is displayed in the centre of the screen.)

A Statistics Canada minute was made possible by

  • the Census of Canada,
  • the National Household Survey,
  • and the Population Estimates Program.

(Against the same background, we now see the following text: "A Statistics Canada minute was made possible by the Census of Canada, the National Household Survey and the Population Estimates Program".)

Statistics Canada: Serving Canada with high-quality statistical information that matters.

(The following text appears against the same background: "Serving Canada with high-quality statistical information that matters.")

(The image fades into the Canada wordmark against a black background.)

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