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Aboriginal, Visible Minority and Immigrant Populations

Aboriginal, Visible Minority and Immigrant Populations

Key Findings: 
  • About 1.6% (6,580) of the population of Middlesex-London identified themselves as part of an Aboriginal group, slightly less than the proportion in Ontario (2.0%) (Fig. 1.16).
  • Maps can be used to determine where people who identified themselves as part of an Aboriginal group live in the City of London and the County of Middlesex (Fig. 1.17 and Fig. 1.18). 
  • Middlesex-London had nearly 50,000 residents, or approximately 12% of the total population, who identified themselves as a visible minority. In Ontario, nearly double the proportion (22.8%) identified themselves as visible minorities (Fig. 1.19).
  • The largest groups of visible minorities in Middlesex-London were Black, Latin American and Arab. Middlesex-London has a higher proportion of people identifying themselves as Latin American and Arab than the province overall (Fig. 1.19).
  • In Ontario, the largest groups of visible minorities were South Asian, Chinese and Black (Fig. 1.19).
  • In Middlesex-London, 20.0% of the population was made up of immigrants to Canada compared to 28.3% in Ontario overall (Fig. 1.20).
  • Of those immigrants in Middlesex London, nearly 65% have been in Canada for more than 15 years compared to only 55.4% in Ontario (Fig. 1.20).
  • Ontario had a greater proportion of new immigrants who arrived after 1991 compared to Middlesex-London (Fig. 1.20).
  • Maps (Fig. 1.21 and Fig. 1.22) show how the proportions of people who immigrated to Canada between 2001 and 2006 vary within the City of London and County of Middlesex.
Ontario Public Health Standard: 

Population Health Assessment and Surveillance Protocol- Section 1, Subsections b-i

Jargon Explained

Aboriginal Identity Population 

The Aboriginal identity population includes people who reported that they identify with at least one Aboriginal group; that is, North American Indian, Métis or Inuit, and/or those who reported being a Treaty Indian or a Registered Indian, as defined by the Indian Act of Canada, and/or those who reported they were members of an Indian band or First Nations.

Visible minorities

People who do not identify as Aboriginal, who are not Caucasian in race or not white in colour.


A landed immigrant is defined as a person who is not a Canadian citizen by birth, but has been granted the right to live in Canada permanently. 

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