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The demographics of Toronto make Toronto one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Data released by Statistics Canada as part of the 2006 census indicates that Toronto is more ethnically diverse than Miami, Los Angeles, and New York City. 49.9% of Toronto's population is foreign-born.[1]

A majority of Torontonians claim their origins from as either in whole or part from Britain and Ireland. There is a significant population of Barbadians, Bengalis, Chinese, Colombians, Ecuadorians, Filipinos, French, Germans, Greeks, Grenadians, Guyanese, Hungarians, Indians, Iranians, Italians, Jamaicans, Jews, Koreans, Pakistanis, Poles, Portuguese, Romanians, Russians, Salvadorans, Somalis, Sri Lankans, Tibetans, Trinidadians, Ukrainians, Vietnamese, and Vincentians throughout the city. Neighbourhoods such as Koreatown, Chinatown, Little Jamaica, Gerrard Street East, Bloor West Village, Greektown, Portugal Village, and Corso Italia are examples of these large ethno-cultural populations.[2]

Christianity is the largest faith group in Toronto's census metropolitan area, with Roman Catholics comprising 33.4% of the population. The Anglican Church and United Church of Canada account for 6.9% each. Other religious groups include Islam (6.7%), Hinduism (4.8%), Judaism (4.2%), Buddhism (2.1%), and Sikhism (1.9%). 16.6% of the population claim they have no religious affiliation.[3]

While English is the predominant language spoken by Torontonians, Statistics Canada reports that other language groups are significant, including Chinese, Portuguese, Tamil, Persian, Urdu, Spanish, Punjabi, Somali, and Italian. Canada's other official language, French, is spoken by 1.4% of the population.


Basic information

City of Toronto (2006 census) 2,503,281
Toronto Census Metropolitan Area
(2006 census)
Annual Growth Rate 0.2%

Population growth studies have projected the City of Toronto's population in 2031 to be 3,000,000 and the Greater Toronto Area's population to be 7,450,000 (source), but some sources state that it could reach 7.7 million by 2025[4] .

Toronto's population grew by 1.0% from 2001 to 2006, with an annual growth rate of 0.2%. As of 2001, 17.5% of the population was 14 years and under, and 13.6% was 65 years and over; the median age was 36.9 years.

Multicultural diversity

In 2001, 43.7% of Torontonians were foreign-born.[5]
Pie chart showing Toronto's visible minority make up (according to Canada 2006 Census).

Toronto is one of the world's most multicultural cities. In 2004, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ranked Toronto second, behind Miami, Florida, in its list of the world's cities with the largest percentage of foreign-born population. Miami's foreign-born population is dominated by those of Cuban and Latin American descent, unlike Toronto's foreign-born population, which is not dominated by any particular ethnic group.

The 2006 census indicates 46.9% of Toronto's population is composed of visible minorities; 1,162,630 non-Whites, or 23% of Canada's visible minority population, live in Toronto; of this, approximately 70% are of Asian ancestry. Annually, almost half of all immigrants to Canada settle in the Greater Toronto Area. In March 2005, Statistics Canada projected that the visible minority proportion will comprise a majority in both Toronto and Vancouver by 2012.

Visible Minorities in the City of Toronto (2006)
Source: Stats Canada 2006 Toronto Community Profile: Visible Minorities
Population  %
Visible minority group South Asian 298,370 12.0
Chinese 283,075 11.4
Black 208,555 8.4
Filipino 102,555 4.1
Latin American 64,855 2.6
West Asian 42,755 1.7
Southeast Asian 37,495 1.5
Korean 34,220 1.4
Arab 22,485 0.9
Japanese 11,965 0.5
Multiple minorities 31,100 1.3
Other minorities 25,195 1.0
Total visible minorities 1,162,630 46.9
Not a visible minority (including Aboriginal peoples) 1,313,930 53.1
Total population 2,476,565 100
Visible Minorities in the Toronto CMA (2006)
Source: Stats Canada 2006 Toronto CMA Community Profile: Visible Minorities
Population  %
Visible minority group South Asian 684,070 13.5
Chinese 486,330 9.6
Black 352,220 6.9
Filipino 171,980 3.4
Latin American 99,295 2.0
West Asian 75,475 1.5
Southeast Asian 70,215 1.4
Korean 55,265 1.1
Arab 53,430 1.1
Japanese 19,010 0.4
Multiple minorities 60,075 1.2
Other minorities 46,705 0.9
Total visible minorities 2,174,070 42.9
Not a visible minority (including Aboriginal peoples) 2,898,005 57.1
Total population 5,072,075 100


Roman Catholics accounted for 31.4% of the population of the City of Toronto in 2001, followed by Protestants with 21.2%. The city also has Islam (6.7%), Christian Orthodox (4.9%), Hindu (4.8%), Jewish (4.2%), Buddhist (2.7%), Sikh (0.9%), and other communities; 18.9% reported no religious affiliation.[6]


While English is the predominant language spoken by Torontonians, Statistics Canada reports that other language groups are significant including Chinese, Portuguese, and Italian. Only 1.4% of city residents claim French (Canada's other official language) as their mother tongue, and a scant few are bilingual in English and French.


Mother tongue by population

(Toronto CMA 2006)[7]

Immigration patterns

According to the Canadian government, Canada has the highest per capita immigration rate in the world[8], and 43% of new immigrants settle in the Greater Toronto Area.



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