Cultural Diversity in Canada: The Social Construction of Racial Difference

4. Changes in Ethnic and Racial Diversity

Table 4: Composition of Ethnic Origins in Canada, 1996
  Number %
British Single Origin 3,267,520 11.5
French Single Origin 2,683,840 9.4
British/FrenchMultipleOrigins 8,547,145 30.0
Non-British & Non-French Single and Multiple Origins 14,029,610 * 49.2 **
Total Population 28,528,115 100.0
  * Number ** %
Other European Origins 3,742,890 13.1
Canadian origins (Single and Multiple) 5,906,045 20.7
Aboriginal 477,630 1.7
Asian 1,968,465 6.9
Arabic 188,435 0.7
African 137,315 0.5
Latin, Central and South American 423,930 1.5
Pacific Islanders 5,765 0.0
Other (Single and Multiple origins) 1,179,135 4.1
Total Non-British and Non-French 14,029,610 49.2

Sources:
Statistics Canada, 1996 Census of Canada, “Total Population by Ethnic Categories (36) and Sex (3), For Canada, Provinces, Territories and Census Metropolitan Areas, 1996” (Census 20% Sample Data) (93f0026XDB96002). Ottawa: Statistics, 1998.