Recent Immigrants – the 2016 Census


At first blush, it looks like there’s nothing on the map. So, you’ll have to zoom in. Areas like Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, and Halifax have the census tracts that contain the growth rates in recent immigrants between 2011 and 2016. Census tracts are located in communities with more than 100,000 people, and each census tract is a geographic area where between 2500 and 8000 people live. So, they’re quite small, as are the number of recent immigrants. Zooming in will take you to the colour-coded census tracts. The pop-up boxes contain numbers for 2011, 2016 and the percent difference. The rates in some areas are growing, remaining stagnant or shrinking. To avoid confusion, we have removed tracts in which zero recent immigrants were in 2011. Statistics Canada explains that “any change from 0 cannot be really measured as a % increase.” Although the agency does go on to explain that it’s important to “keep in mind that observed 0s should not be interpreted as true 0s – values could be rounded down or populations may not have been selected in the sample.”

Yellow represents negative growth. Tracts with the darker hues are in the positive.

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