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40% below-age-one children from visible minorities by 2031

Posted on 23 May 2012 by admin

According to Statistics Canada, by 2031, nearly 40 per cent of children under the age of one in Canada will belong to a visible minority group. Only six years ago, this figure was 22 per cent. This trend reflects the one in the United States. Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau revealed a landmark demographic shift, reporting that for the first time more than half of children being born in the United States belonged to ethnic or racial minorities. Assessing similar trends in Canada, StatsCan projects that the visible minority population in this country will continue to increase by sustained immigration and slightly higher fertility rates in the next 15 years or so. The South Asian population would still be the largest visible minority group in 2031, and might more than double from roughly 1.3 million in 2006 to 4.1 million by then. The Chinese population is projected to grow from 1.3 million to 3 million, according to StatsCan estimations. For this study, the agency used the census metropolitan area of Toronto, which reaches from Oshawa in the east to Burlington in the west and Barrie in the north.

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