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Immigrants make up the largest share of the population in over 150 years and continue to shape who we are as Canadians
Immigrants accounted for 23.0% of the population in 2021, the largest proportion in over 150 years. Among them, 1.3 million new immigrants were admitted from 2016 to 2021. Coming from many countries, immigrants settle throughout Canada and contribute to the growth of the population and the economy. They also help shape Canada’s linguistic, ethnocultural and religious landscape.
The Canadian census: A rich portrait of the country’s religious and ethnocultural diversity
The census has evolved over time to reflect the changes in Canada’s ethnocultural mosaic. Data on more than 450 ethnic and cultural origins from the 2021 Census are available. The country’s racialized groups are all experiencing population growth. In addition, the majority of the population reported being Christian (53.3%), while the populations with “no religion” and other religions are on the rise.
New tables: Indigenous peoples and income, 2021 Census of Population
New data tables from the 2021 Census of Population on Indigenous peoples and income are now available.
New tables: Mobility and migration, 2021 Census of Population
New data tables from the 2021 Census of Population on mobility and migration are now available.
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