Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Determinants Of Health

Visible Minorities

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, 2016). 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, 35,055 people identified themselves as a member of a visible minority group in the 2016 Census of Population, accounting for 6.6% of the total population. By comparison, 29.3% (or 3,885,600) of Ontarians identified themselves as a member of a visible minority group in 2016.

Of the 35,055 people in Simcoe Muskoka who identified as a visible minority in 2016, the largest visible minority groups were Black (21% or 7,455), South Asian (21% or 7,395), Chinese (12% or 4,255) and Latin American (12% or 4,045).

In Simcoe County, 7.2% or 33,965 people self-identified as a visible minority in 2016. Bradford West Gwillimbury, a municipality in the south end of Simcoe County, had the highest percentage of the population identifying as a visible minority (20.5% or 7,160). Out of these 7,160 individuals, 26.8% identified as South Asian, 14.4% identified as Latin American, and 14% identified as Southeast Asian.

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Only a small percentage of residents of the District of Muskoka identified as a visible minority (1.9% or 1,090). 

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