The Employment Equity Act defines visible minorities as "persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour" (Statistics Canada, 2015). The visible minority population consists mainly of the following groups: Chinese, South Asian, Black, Arab, West Asian, Filipino, Southeast Asian, Latin American, Japanese and Korean.
In Simcoe Muskoka, almost 21,400 people identified themselves as a member of a visible minority group in the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS), accounting for 4% of the total population. By comparison, 26% (or 3,279,570) of Ontarians identified themselves as a member of a visible minority group in 2011.
Of the 21,400 people in Simcoe Muskoka who identify as a visible minority, the largest visible minority groups are Black (22% or 4,650), South Asian (18% or 3,820), Chinese (11% or 2,360) and Latin American (10% or 2,250).