Proportion of Total Population of Major Asian Ethnic Groups by Province

As a percentage of total population, the concentration of Asian Canadians increased in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, PEI and Newfoundland since the 2011 census. Concentration is greatest in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. In BC, the percentage of the total population who indicated an Asian ethnic origin in the 2016 census is over 22% – the highest in the country. The proportion is second-highest in Ontario (16.1%) and third-highest in Alberta (13.5%).

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Proportion of Total Population of Asian Major Ethnic Groups
by Province
(%)
 CanadaWestern Canada
 BCABSKMB
Chinese4.109.833.481.261.64
East Indian3.125.633.581.392.23
Filipino1.852.493.512.645.52
Japanese0.160.570.160.040.07
Korean0.511.250.490.160.32
Pakistani0.440.190.540.440.18
Punjabi0.200.520.230.070.17
Sri Lankan0.320.080.110.030.06
Tamil0.060.010.010.000.01
Vietnamese0.470.630.590.240.30
Other Asian*0.870.880.770.530.39
      
Total12.1222.0813.476.8110.90

 

Proportion of Total Population of Asian Major Ethnic Groups
by Province
(%)
Central & Eastern Canada
 ONQCNBNSPEINF
Chinese5.191.130.470.791.670.38
East Indian4.480.440.190.460.300.26
Filipino1.900.360.220.280.370.22
Japanese0.140.030.020.040.040.01
Korean0.620.090.220.140.120.02
Pakistani0.800.120.030.030.020.05
Punjabi0.240.020.000.0100.00
Sri Lankan0.690.150.010.020.030.02
Tamil0.140.020.000.0000.00
Vietnamese0.550.370.100.050.040.01
Other Asian*1.350.480.070.180.190.11
       
Total16.113.211.312.022.781.07

 

Proportion of Total Population of Asian Major Ethnic Groups
by Province
(%)
Northern Canada
 YTNTNU
Chinese0.980.540.18
East Indian0.700.670.13
Filipino3.052.660.51
Japanese0.170.180.03
Korean0.180.230
Pakistani0.140.200.04
Punjabi000.03
Sri Lankan00.020
Tamil000
Vietnamese0.110.540
Other Asian*0.280.370.08
    
Total5.605.411.00

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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