Toronto, Canada

The population of the City of Toronto reached approximately 2.5 million in the last census conducted in 2006. Of that, approximately 47% considered themselves a visible minority, an increase of nearly 32% from 1996. In 2006, the city of Toronto was home to 8% of Canada’s population, 30% of all recent immigrants, and 20% of all immigrants. In fact, over 200 different ethnic origins were identified in the last 2006 census.

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) consists of the City of Toronto as well as the surrounding municipalities of Durham, Halton, Peel, and York. With an estimated population of 5.6 million citizens, the census metropolitan area (CMA) of Toronto is considered the most populous in Canada.

The GTA holds the highest proportion of visible minorities (43%) in Canada. For example, in 2006, the GTA was home to large Chinese (492,000 individuals - 9%), South Asian (694,000 - 12%), Italian (466,000 - 9%), and Jewish (179,000 - 4%) communities.

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