Overview

Ethnic Diversity in Calgary

Diversity is the sign of an international city, and Calgary is the third-most ethnically diverse city in all of Canada.

According to the most recent National Household Survey in 2011, the city has one of the highest visible minority rates in Canada, behind only Toronto and Vancouver.

Of Calgary’s total labour force, 25.9 per cent are visible minorities with South Asian, Chinese, Black and Filipino being the largest individual ethnic groups. (2011)

26.2 percent of Calgarians identify themselves as immigrants, and 28.1 per cent of Calgarians are included in a visible minority group. (2011)

Visible Minority Population
Calgary Census Metropolitan Area, 2011

Visible Minority Group Number Distribution (%)
Total population Calgary CMA 1,199,125 100.0
Total visible minority population 337,425 28.1
South Asian 84,870 7.1
Chinese 75,465 6.3
Filipino 49,515 4.1
Black 32,985 2.8
Southeast Asian 21,730 1.8
Latin American 20,595 1.7
Arab 17,245 1.4
West Asian 11,395 0.7
Korean 8,520 0.7
Japanese 5,355 0.4
Visible minority, not included elsewhere 2,940 0.2
Multiple visible minority 9,680 0.8
Not a visible minority 861,700 71.9

 Source: Statistics Canada, 2011 National Household Survey