Visible minorities projected to become 60-percent majority in Metro Vancouver by 2031
That would entail a more than doubling of the area’s visible minority population, which had a 42-percent share of the total population in 2006. The rest of Metro Vancouver’s population is only projected to grow by an estimated 12 percent.
It states that, in 2031, the largest minority group in Metro Vancouver will continue to be Chinese, whose population share in the area could rise from 18 percent to 23 percent.
The region’s second-largest visible minority group, South Asians, is also likely to retain its position for the next two decades. By 2031, they could account for 14 percent of the population, up from 10 percent in 2006.
Stats Canada attributes the projected rapid growth of Vancouver’s visible minority population to immigration, slightly higher fertility, and a younger age structure.
Looking at Canada as a whole, the census data indicates that by 2031, between 29 and 32 percent of the population could belong to a visible minority group, and that between 25 and 28 percent could be foreign-born.
“Between now and 2031, the foreign-born population of Canada could increase approximately four times faster than the rest of the population,” the report states. “The population of foreign-born could reach between 9.8 million and 12.5 million, depending on various immigration assumptions.”
Stats Canada defines “visible minorities” as “persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour”.
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