Canada is known as a nation of immigrants but not many people, especially those that are not familiar with Canada, know about Latino immigration to Canada. They are actually a very sizable population up North.
Here are nine stats and facts about Latino immigration in Canada.
1. Over 1% of the Canadian Population Is Latino
Latinos make up over 1% of the population in Canada. While this may not seem like such a big deal, as if anyone ever cared about the 1%, you need to consider that much of Canada is unpopulated or underpopulated. This means that the population density of towns and cities is artificially heightened, especially in comparison with the national average for population density. On the other hand, you can purchase a house in Nunavut and gain the entire province as your backyard. Decisions, decisions, decisions…
2. Most Latinos in Canada have Mexican HeritageImage Source: Wikiwand
“We love our Mexicans to the South, don’t we folks?” is what Bizarro Trump would say. Well, in this reality, Canadians love Mexicans and Mexicans love Canada. North America is like a Marshmellow Peep S’more Sandwich. The outer layers are much more satisfying than the middle. Mexicans make up 15% of the Latino population in Canada. They are followed closely in population percentages, as 14% of Latinos are Chilean, and 11% are El Salvadorian. This means that, per capita, there are more El Salvadorians coming to Canada than Mexicans, given the size comparisons between those two countries.
3. Latinos are Considered “Visible Minorities” in Canada
In Canada, a visible minority is just that. Latinos, even though their features range from being very tan to looking like the average white person in the street, are considered visible minorities. There are no racial biases for this. In fact, it is due to the definition of visible minorities by the
There are no racial biases for this. In fact, it is due to the definition of visible minorities by the Employment Equity Act, which states that visible minorities are “persons, other than Aboriginal persons, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white color.” The most offensive thing about that sentence is the fact that Canadians use “u’ in color. Probably also helps with job applications. Then again, Canada is a nation of immigrants, so being a visible minority is not such a big deal, or a bad thing up North.
4. Latinos Can Watch Canadian Television in EspanolImage Source: Washington Post
Although no one really watches television anymore thanks to the Internet, you can watch television in Spanish in Canada with Univision. This is really a great way for younger immigrants to feel connected with their roots and heritage every day after school. Univision offers telenovelas, soccer, reality television, and so much more, perfect for Latino immigrants who are feeling homesick.
5. Latino Canadians are Well-EducatedImage Source: Foster Gordon
43.4% of Latinos in Canada have graduate degrees. 47.8% have bachelor’s degrees. With over 90% of Latinos in Canada receiving university education, the Latino community is very well-educated and prepared to tackle the future of tomorrow and the challenges it will bring. Canada is the most educated country in the world, and Latinos are leading the way by leading by example.
6. The “Mexodus”
The “Mexodus,” or Mexican Exodus, refers to the influx of Mexicans claiming asylum in various nations around the world, including Canada, due to the perceived threat of cartels they face back home. This exodus cuts across class and income brackets, especially if they are targeted for ransom by the cartels, leaving many Mexican citizens no choice but to leave their country and, “n 2009, Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) received an astounding 9,000 claims from Mexico.” Since the cartels still threaten the lives of ordinary Mexicans, one can only assume such problems are still rampant today. This, and other dangers like the 1980-1992 El Salvadorian Civil War, may explain why Latinos are so well educated. Being forced to leave their countries may have resulted in “brain drain.”
7. Travelling to Canada May be Easier for Latinos Soon
Latinos interested in traveling to Canada will not require a visa come December 1, 2016. This is excellent news for those interested in taking a last-minute trip to the Great White North. Latinos will be able to study, work, and travel, with fewer restrictions, although they will still need study and work permits. This will mean that they will no longer need visas, making the immigration process easier.
8. Moving to the Big CityImage Source: Tamil Canadian
Latinos immigrate mostly to the big cities, like Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, based on the percentages of civilians there who speak Spanish and Portuguese (We must not forget about Brazil like its leaders have done for decades). In Toronto, 5.3% and 3.7% of people speak Spanish and Portuguese, respectively.
In Montreal, those numbers shift to 15.2% and 2.9%. Spanish is the second-most widely spoken language in Montreal, only trailing behind Arabic with 17.2%. In Vancouver, only 3.2% of civilians speak Spanish. Too few people spoke Portuguese in Vancouver for it to be counted in the survey. However, Latinos integrate well and the majority speak either English or French as well, the official languages in Canada and the languages of government.
9. Most Latinos head to Ontario
Ontario hosts the largest segment of Canada’s Latino population. This may be due to the fact that Ontario has a little of everything, being a smorgasbord of a province (They may even have Swedes there just to make this joke relevant). Big city-lovers can go to Toronto. Slightly-smaller city lovers can go to Oshawa, Hamilton, or Windsor. Ontario provides the best opportunity for newly landed families as it is ripe with employment, schooling opportunities, and culture.
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