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Canada’s most diverse cities

ID-10057894It’s no secret that Canada is one of the most welcoming countries in the world when it comes to foreign visitors. Within the country, though, some cities seem to excel in terms of multiculturalism and diversity. According to recent statistics, Metro Vancouver and Toronto lead the way as the most diverse cities in Canada.

One way of measuring ethnic diversity is to determine what are the chances that two people, randomly chosen, will be different from one another in point of cultural and national background. Within Metro Vancouver, Barnaby stands out as the most mixed municipality in its ethnic diversity. There is a 73 percent chance that any two people you meet in Barnaby will be of a different ethnicity. The population is as colorful as it gets. Barnaby has a large community of whites and Chinese, but there are also significant groups of Filipinos, Indians, Pakistanis, Iranians, South Koreans, as well as smaller groups of Arabs, Latin Americans, Africans Malaysians, Japanese, and Vietnamese.

Richmond is another city in the area to have welcomed a large amount of foreign incomers. 62 percent of the population is foreign-born and the chances of two random people being different in terms of ethnicity are of 68 percent, same as Vancouver.

Sprawling Surrey host a large South Asian community and has a diversity index of 67 percent. The city of Coquitlam comes fourth at 64 percent. New Westminster’s rate is 55 percent, whereas Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Delta, and North and West Vancouver are all around 48 percent.

Metro Vancouver has an unusually high diversity index compared to the rest of British Columbia. Although the province is one of the preferred destinations for new immigrants, some cities have lower diversity rates than others. In Victoria, for instance, the second largest city in BC but six times smaller than Vancouver, 9 out of 10 people are white. Kelowna, the third in terms of number of residents, has a diversity index of 12 percent, Chilliwack’s rate is 9 percent, and Cranbrook has an ethnic index of 5 percent.

According to demographic studies, new immigrants to Canada now head off to major cities, unlike the 19th century, when they were mostly choosing rural areas.

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