Geographical Distribution of Major Asian Ethnic Groups by Province

Over 50% of all Canadians indicating Chinese ethnicity in the 2016 census reside in Ontario; for those indicating Tamil ethnicity, the percentage is almost 88%. By contrast, less than one percent of each of the top ten Asian ethnic groups in Canada reside in the Maritime provinces.

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Geographical Distribution of Major Asian Ethnic Groups
by Province
(%)
Western Canada
 BCABSKMB
Chinese31.739.840.961.45
East Indian23.8513.261.392.60
Filipino17.7921.924.4510.83
Japanese46.5411.800.811.67
Korean32.6111.140.982.33
Pakistani5.5314.113.101.43
Punjabi34.0313.041.123.04
Sri Lankan3.393.750.290.64
Tamil2.462.420.140.59
Vietnamese17.5714.551.602.35
Other Asian*13.3510.191.911.64
     
Total24.0912.871.763.27

 

Geographical Distribution of Major Asian Ethnic Groups
by Province
(%)
Central & Eastern Canada
 ONQCNBNSPEINF
Chinese48.506.420.240.510.170.14
East Indian54.883.270.130.390.040.12
Filipino39.264.470.250.400.080.18
Japanese33.204.650.220.710.100.06
Korean47.014.050.910.740.090.04
Pakistani68.896.340.120.200.020.17
Punjabi45.992.580.030.1400.02
Sri Lankan81.0810.450.040.200.040.08
Tamil87.996.190.050.0900.07
Vietnamese44.5918.390.440.280.030.03
Other Asian*58.9812.870.170.540.090.18
       
Total50.856.160.230.440.090.13

 

Geographical Distribution of Major Asian Ethnic Groups
by Province
(%)
Northern Canada
 YTNTNU
Chinese0.020.020.00
East Indian0.020.030.00
Filipino0.170.170.03
Japanese0.110.130.02
Korean0.040.050
Pakistani0.030.050.01
Punjabi000.01
Sri Lankan00.010
Tamil000
Vietnamese0.020.140
Other Asian*0.030.050.01
    
Total0.050.050.01

Source: Ethnic Origin, Single and Multiple Ethnic Origin Responses, Generation Status, Age and Sex for the Population in Private Households of Canada, Provinces and Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations. Ottawa: Statistics Canada, http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2016/dp-pd/dt-td/Rp-eng.cfm?LANG=E&APATH=3&DETAIL=0&DIM=0&FL=A&FREE=0&GC=0&GID=0&GK=0&GRP=1&PID=110528&PRID=10&PTYPE=109445&S=0&SHOWALL=0&SUB=0&Temporal=2017&THEME=120&VID=0&VNAMEE=&VNAMEF=, October 25, 2017. 2016 Census of Population, Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-400-X2016187. December 11, 2017.

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Notes: 1. Ethnic origin refers to the ethnic or cultural origins of the respondent’s ancestors and should not be confused with his or her citizenship, nationality, language or place of birth.
2. Figures are taken from the single response category.
3. Data is based on a sample of approximately 25% of Canadian households due to Statistics Canada reinstating the mandatory long-form census for 2016. All other households received a short-form questionnaire. For the 2011 National National Household Survey, it was based on a 30% sample.

* Other Asian includes: Afghan, Bangladeshi, Bengali, Bhutanese, Burmese, Cambodian (Khmer), Goan, Gujarati, Hmong, Indonesian, Kashmiri, Laotian, Malaysian, Mongolian, Nepali, Pashtun, Sinhalese, Singaporean, Taiwanese, Thai, Tibetan, South Asian origins not indicated elsewhere, and East and Southeast Asian origins not indicated elsewhere.

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