The 2001 Census enumerated 917,100
South Asians, up from 670,600 in 1996.
South Asians represented 3.1% of
Canada's population and 23% of the visible minority
They accounted for at least
one-quarter of the visible minority populations in Ontario,
Newfoundland and Labrador and British Columbia.
Proportions of Canadian-born visible
minorities varied widely from group to group, in large
measure a reflection of historical immigration patterns.
About 29% of South Asians were born in
Many immigrants speak a non-official
language at home.
Close to 1.3million
population identified themselves as South Asian in 2006, a
varied 37.7% increase from 2001. They accounted for 24.9% of
the visible minority population and 4% of the total
population (National Post).