Diversity in Simcoe-York: A Community Profile

The growth of diverse communities in Simcoe-York far outpaces that of the total population.

young asian couple jpgSince at least 1991, Simcoe-York has been one of the province's fastest growing regions. Overall, Simcoe-York's population grew by nearly 19% between 2001 and 2006. At the same time, its immigrant community grew by 32% and its visible minority community by 52%, far outpacing the growth of broader population.

Historically, most immigrants to Canada were born in Europe—which is the birthplace of more than one-third of all immigrants living in Simcoe-York. This pattern is shifting however. Almost half of all recent immigrants in Simcoe-York were born in Asian or Middle Eastern countries, and particularly in East Asia.

Chinese people are the largest visible minority group in Simcoe-York followed by South Asians. Together, Asians make up three-quarters of all visible minorities in Simcoe-York.

Immigrants and people from visible minority groups are predominately concentrated in York where 88% of immigrants and 95% of people from visible minority groups in the region live.

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Community Highlights

  • About half of Simcoe-York's immigrants arrived in Canada after 1990. But immigrants choosing to settle in Simcoe-York are on the decline— the five-year wave of immigration between 2001 and 2006 was the smallest since 1991.
  • Simcoe-York has the highest proportion of Chinese speakers in Ontario. Chinese languages are the dominant mother tongues among both immigrants and members of visible minority groups.
  • Despite having higher than average education levels, recent immigrants in Simcoe-York earn the least. In stark contrast to the total population, and even immigrants overall, newcomers in Simcoe-York had significantly lower levels of income and earned substantially less than the average resident.
  • The education-income discrepancy likely reflects the fact that employment among recent immigrants is lower than the total population; just 40% had managed to find full-time work and many don't find work in their chosen field.