South Asian Market in Canada – Some Statistics


  • South Asians are the largest visible minority group at 1.27 million people according to 2006 Census results.
  • South Asians group grew by 37.7% from 917,000 in 2001 to 1,262,900 in 2006.
  • They represented 25% of all visible minority and 4% of the total Canadian population in 2006.


  • In 2006, South Asians were the largest visibility minority in Ontario at 794,200 individuals or about 30% of all visible minorities and 7% of the total population in the province.
  • About 72% South Asians are foreign-born who came to Canada as immigrants.
  • South Asians are the fastest growing visible minority in Ontario and increased at 43% from 2001 to 2006.


  • South Asians were the largest visible minority group in the GTA at 684,100 individuals followed by Chinese at 486,300, as per 2006 Census
  • They account for about 55% of all South Asians in Canada and 14% of the GTA population
  • The cities of Toronto, Brampton and Mississauga have largest population of South Asians at 298,000, 136,000 and 134,000 respectively
  • South Asians represent 12% of  total population in Toronto, 32% of total Brampton’s population and 20% of Mississauga’s population.

About Fazal Siddiqi
Fazal Siddiqi Writes on current marketing, branding, communications, diversity and socio-economic opportunities & challenges. He lives in Canada and works for OPAL Marketing Group.

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