Municipalities across the province are coming together on March 21 to celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Originally launched in 1966 in response to tragic apartheid-era events in South Africa, the event is now a worldwide focal point in the fight to eliminate racism.
A recent report by Statistics Canada projects that:
- Immigrants will make up between 25 to 30 per cent of Canada’s population in 2036, compared with 21 per cent in 2011.
- The population whose mother tongue is neither English nor French could account for between 26 and 30 per cent of Canada’s population in 2036, versus 20 per cent in 2011.
- In the working-age population (15 to 64 years), between 35 and 40 per cent could belong to a visible minority group, compared with 20 per cent in 2011.
- South Asian would still be the main visible minority group in 2036, followed by the Chinese group; however, the most rapidly growing groups could be the Arab, Filipino and West Asian groups.
- The number of people affiliated with non-Christian religions (including Muslim Hindu, and Sikh) could almost double by 2036, but would continue to represent a modest share of the total Canadian population (13 to 16 per cent).
Working to make your community welcoming and inclusive is important all year round. In addition to promoting awareness of racism on March 21, you can find more information on the Welcoming and Inclusive Communities webpage. Developed by AUMA in partnership with the Alberta Human Rights Commission, this webpage provides ideas, information, and resources to support municipalities that want to embrace diversity.