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Population by Ethnic Origin

Ethnic origin is defined as the cultural group(s) to which the respondents ancestors belong. The number of Canadian residents with Asian ethnicity has increased 27% since the 1996 census. As of 2001, Canadians of Asian origin make up almost 10% of Canada's total population. Chinese - the group which has now passed the 1 million mark - is the largest Asian ethnic group in all provinces except Manitoba, where Filipino is the largest group. The second largest Asian ethnic group consists of Canadians reporting their ethnicity as East Indian, except in Manitoba and Saskatchewan where they are the third largest group.

Population by Ethnic Origin
by Province, 2001 Census
 
Canada
Western Canada
 
BC
AB
SK
MB
 
Chinese
1,094,700
373,830
108,050
9,275
14,245
East Indian
713,330
183,650
61,180
3,245
12,135
Filipino
327,550
69,345
36,235
3,275
31,645
Vietnamese
151,410
27,190
21,490
1,870
3,755
Korean
101,714
32,200
7,925
645
1,105
Japanese
85,230
37,385
11,945
635
1,915
Pakistani
74,015
6,270
5,450
495
565
Sri Lankan
61,315
2,295
995
105
430
Punjabi
47,155
16,565
3,785
205
600
Tamil
39,075
1,185
260
30
80
Other Asian*
212,820
37,490
14,545
2,065
3,970
Total
2,908,314
787,405
271,860
21,845
70,445
Eastern Canada
 
ON
QC
NB
NS
PEI
NF
Chinese
518,550
63,000
2,080
3,675
225
1,110
East Indian
413,415
34,125
1,320
2,860
100
940
Filipino
165,025
19,665
395
785
35
340
Vietnamese
67,450
23,310
235
790
20
70
Korean
54,645
4,475
75
510
-
85
Japanese
29,075
3,210
230
540
80
65
Pakistani
52,830
7,990
70
305
-
30
Sri Lankan
48,660
8,475
100
165
-
55
Punjabi
23,670
2,180
90
30
15
Tamil
34,535
2,955
-
10
-
15
Other Asian
118,350
34,865
460
735
70
185
Total
1,526,205
204,250
5,055
10,405
545
2,895
Source: Ethnic Origin. Ottawa: Statistics Canada, January 21, 2003. 2001 Census of Canada. Catalogue number 97F0010XCB01001. 18 March 2003.

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Note: * Other Asian includes: Afghan, Pashtun, Bangladeshi, Bengali, Burmese, Cambodian, East Indian, Goan, Gujarati, Hmong, Indonesian, Kashmiri, Khmer, Laotian, Malaysian, Mongolian, Nepali, Sinhalese, Taiwanese, Thai and Tibetan.


   
 

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