Diversity in Champlain: A Community Profile

Diversity is on the rise in Champlain but only in Ottawa

young middle eastern women jpgLocated in the eastern corner of the province, the Champlain area spans the City of Ottawa and the counties of Renfrew, Prescott and Russell, and Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.

Diversity in Champlain is on the rise - with growth among immigrants and members of visible minority groups outpacing that of the overall population. The area's immigrant community grew to nearly 200,000 people between 2001 and 2006 and more than 168,000 describe themselves as members of a visible minority group.

This growing diversity isn't occurring uniformly throughout Champlain as almost all of the area's immigrants and visible minorities live in Ottawa.

One area of Champlain that is starting to look more diverse is Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. Here, the rate of increase is surpassing that of Champlain overall, though in real numbers, its immigrant and visible minority populations remain a small share of all residents.

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Community Highlights

  • More than ninety percent of all immigrants and visible minorities living in Champlain are in Ottawa.
  • One in four Ottawa youth is a member of a visible minority group and nearly five per cent of Ottawa's youth are newcomers
  • A growing number of recent immigrants were born in Asia, particularly West Central Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern and Southern Asia.
  • This shift is also evident in mother tongues spoken - Chinese and Arabic are the most common among immigrants and members of visible minority groups in Champlain
  • While proportionately the most highly educated, recent immigrant are also the poorest and the most challenged in finding work or full-time employment. Newcomers have the highest proportion of residents with incomes below $10,000