Proportion of immigrants highest in 75 years

Majority have a mother tongue other than English or French
||Last Updated: 12/12/2007

In 2006, immigrants accounted for nearly one-fifth(19.8 per cent) of Canada's total population, the highest proportion in 75 years, according to the 2006 Census.

Between 2001 and 2006, Canada's foreign-born population increased by 13.6 per cent to 6,186,950. This was four times higher than the growth rate of 3.3 per cent for the Canadian-born population during the same period.

Immigrants from Asia and the Middle East vastly outnumbered European immigrants, accounting for 58.3 per cent of newcomers to Canada, compared to Europeans who accounted for 16.1 per cent.