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Old 07-29-2009, 10:00 AM
 
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Default Most ethnically diverse?

What are the most ethnically diverse cities/regions, and the least diverse 'major' cities/regions in Canada?

In the most ethnically diverse, what is the prominent ethnic group?
In the least diverse areas, what is the main ethnicity?

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Old 07-29-2009, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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The least diverse major city in Canada would be Quebec City. Probably less than 5% of its population are immigrants and even less than that would not be white. The largest ethnic group in Quebec would be "French Canadians", which is to say the descendants of French settlers who came to this part of the world in the 17th and 18th centuries and who are somewhat mixed mostly with aboriginals (probably 2/3 of the population has some native blood) and also descendants of Irish immigrants (close to half the population probably has some Irish blood).

The most diverse city in Canada is Toronto, followed not too far behind by Vancouver. Roughly speaking, close to half or even more of their populations are either immigrants or first-generation Canadians. In both cities, however, the largest single group (though not 50% of the pop) in each of the cities would still be what you would call the older stock "English Canadians", essentially but not exclusively made up of the English-Scottish-Irish-Welsh mixture.

By and large, you don’t have very many big (or even smaller) cities in Canada like you do in the States where 2/3 of the population is of German origin or of Italian origin.

Though there are some immigrants everywhere in Canada, the least diverse provinces in Canada are the four Atlantic provinces on the east coast, where most people are English-Scottish-Irish, with a few French Acadian areas and a smattering of aboriginal peoples as well. But for the most part all of Canada east of Montreal even is very white.

Most Canadians don’t really know this but the most ethnically diverse province in Canada is probably Saskatchewan, where no single group makes up more than 25% of the population, and the largest group (German origin) is around 20%. Everyone thinks of Saskatchewan as being homogenous because everyone speaks English (immigrants have been there for a while and have mostly assimilated) and it is mostly white (except for a roughly 10% aboriginal minority), but province-wide Sask is probably more ethnically diverse than Ontario and BC are.
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Old 07-30-2009, 08:26 AM
 
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It is somewhat pointless to discuss this when it is all available here: Demographics of Toronto - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I'd expect that most major Canadian cities would have a similar page.
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Old 07-31-2009, 05:12 PM
 
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The least diverse major city in Canada would be Quebec City. Probably less than 5% of its population are immigrants and even less than that would not be white. The largest ethnic group in Quebec would be "French Canadians", which is to say the descendants of French settlers who came to this part of the world in the 17th and 18th centuries and who are somewhat mixed mostly with aboriginals (probably 2/3 of the population has some native blood) and also descendants of Irish immigrants (close to half the population probably has some Irish blood).

The most diverse city in Canada is Toronto, followed not too far behind by Vancouver. Roughly speaking, close to half or even more of their populations are either immigrants or first-generation Canadians. In both cities, however, the largest single group (though not 50% of the pop) in each of the cities would still be what you would call the older stock "English Canadians", essentially but not exclusively made up of the English-Scottish-Irish-Welsh mixture.

By and large, you don’t have very many big (or even smaller) cities in Canada like you do in the States where 2/3 of the population is of German origin or of Italian origin.

Though there are some immigrants everywhere in Canada, the least diverse provinces in Canada are the four Atlantic provinces on the east coast, where most people are English-Scottish-Irish, with a few French Acadian areas and a smattering of aboriginal peoples as well. But for the most part all of Canada east of Montreal even is very white.

Most Canadians don’t really know this but the most ethnically diverse province in Canada is probably Saskatchewan, where no single group makes up more than 25% of the population, and the largest group (German origin) is around 20%. Everyone thinks of Saskatchewan as being homogenous because everyone speaks English (immigrants have been there for a while and have mostly assimilated) and it is mostly white (except for a roughly 10% aboriginal minority), but province-wide Sask is probably more ethnically diverse than Ontario and BC are.
Can't forget the Black communities in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick too. Canada's only predominately Black town is Preston just outside of Halifax proper. Cities like Halifax, Truro, Weymouth, New Glasgow and Digby, among others in Nova Scotia and St. John's, Moncton and Fredricton in New Brunswick have their share, relatively speaking.
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Old 08-02-2009, 09:32 PM
 
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What are the most ethnically diverse cities/regions, and the least diverse 'major' cities/regions in Canada?

In the most ethnically diverse, what is the prominent ethnic group?
In the least diverse areas, what is the main ethnicity?

Thanks
The most ethnically diverse part of Canada is obviously Toronto, so the southern Ontario region.

This would be followed by Montreal and Vancouver cmas.

The least diverse area are the northern areas of provinces, in the sense that they have 3 races, white, indians, and mixed breeds.

There are few places that are all white except maybe the far east. The northern half of quebec is owned by native indians
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Old 08-04-2009, 05:41 AM
 
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Vancouver may have similar percentage of immigrants but most of them are from the same part of the world. Toronto it's more balanced with Italians, East Indian, Chinese at or over half a million each. the Greek community arguably could be considerd over 200 thousand strong, same with the Jewish.
Montreal should be 2nd given it's the 2nd largest French speaking city in the world.
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Old 08-04-2009, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Vancouver may have similar percentage of immigrants but most of them are from the same part of the world. Toronto it's more balanced with Italians, East Indian, Chinese at or over half a million each. the Greek community arguably could be considerd over 200 thousand strong, same with the Jewish.
Montreal should be 2nd given it's the 2nd largest French speaking city in the world.
Not to be prickly but to make Montreal second you would have to (as you alluded to) make out the French-speaking majority/plurality there as an "ethnic dimension", which it is not.

French-speaking Québécois are not an ethnic dimension there, but are actually the "locals", in the same way that English-Canadians named Smith and Wilson are essentially the oldest "locals" in Toronto and Vancouver.
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Old 08-07-2009, 09:56 AM
 
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Not to be prickly but to make Montreal second you would have to (as you alluded to) make out the French-speaking majority/plurality there as an "ethnic dimension", which it is not.

French-speaking Québécois are not an ethnic dimension there, but are actually the "locals", in the same way that English-Canadians named Smith and Wilson are essentially the oldest "locals" in Toronto and Vancouver.
Good point..well-put. The French-speaking 'base' population of Quebec is not an 'immigrant group', any more than the English-speaking population of Ontario are.

I get impatient with these discussions, anyway...pardon my 'grumpiness'. It DOES get wearisome, these endless debates about 'who is...and who is NOT...a minority'...who 'represents' a place, ethnically....how does one define "a Hispanic"...and what is "an 'ethnic' neighborhood')...aren't ALL human beings members of one, or more 'ethnic groups'? Can you give me an example of a NON-ethnic cuisine?

My spouse is a member of the FIRST ethnicity present in North America...yet she calls herself an "Indian". inaccurate?...maybe..(so is 'American')...but it doesn't upset her nearly as much as the silly, clumsy label 'native American'....she points out that ANYBODY born in America is a 'native' of the place.

Thanks for letting me vent.

And yes, whoever mentioned the 'diversity' of Saskatchewan was correct. On a province-wide basis, its diversity probably exceeds all others. It has fewer 'standard' (French/ Anglo) Canadians by percentage, and far more 'others'...(Ukrainians, Russians, Germans, Poles, Metis, etc etc etc) than any other entire province...when both rural and urban populations are taken into account.
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Old 08-07-2009, 05:25 PM
 
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Not to be prickly but to make Montreal second you would have to (as you alluded to) make out the French-speaking majority/plurality there as an "ethnic dimension", which it is not.

French-speaking Québécois are not an ethnic dimension there, but are actually the "locals", in the same way that English-Canadians named Smith and Wilson are essentially the oldest "locals" in Toronto and Vancouver.
I disagree, french in montreal to be are historical minorities because throughout history it was dominated by english speakers, only since the quiet revolution has french been the main language and majority there. Toronto has always been a primarily english speaking city it was never controlled by germans or polocks or greeks in the sense of having 80% of managers being of this ethncity
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Old 08-07-2009, 11:36 PM
 
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I AM a minority. I am male. I am white. I am anglo. I am THE last demographic that it is still socially acceptable to make fun of and the person making the fun can be assured they will not be charged with racism, sexism or human rights abuse charges for making fun of me.

On a serious note, there IS NO such thing as a minority in this country, unless it is a minority government like we currently have.
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