For over a century, the proportion of Canada’s population born outside the country has been significantly higher than in most other industrialized countries, including the United States. Taking the example of people who identify as members of a “visible minority” (a non-Aboriginal person who is non-Caucasian or non-white), Statistics Canada reports that by 2017 there will have been a four-fold increase since 1981 in the number of such individuals. In 1981, Canada’s visible minority population stood at just 1.1 million (4.7%); by 1996, it had crept up to 3.2 million (10%). By 2017, however, the number is expected to soar to approximately 7.1 million (20%), and immigration will be the primary driver of this rapid expansion.
June 15, 2017 | Read Time: 2 Min. | Afterschool