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  • There were just over 85,000 Canadians of Japanese origin in 2001; together they made up the 9th largest non-European ethnic group in Canada that year.

  • The Japanese community in Canada, which increased by 11% between 1996 and 2001, is growing faster than the overall population which grew by 4% in the same period.

  • The majority of Canadians of Japanese origin, 77% in 2001, was born in Canada.

  • The Japanese community in Canada is mostly concentrated in British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta which together accounted for 92% of all Canadians who reported they had Japanese origins in 2001. The largest share of the Japanese population in Canada that year (44%) lived in British Columbia where they accounted for about 1% of the provincial population. As well, over half of all Japanese Canadians live in either Vancouver or Toronto.

  • Young people make up a relatively large share of Canadians of Japanese origin. In 2001, 37% of Japanese Canadians were under the age of 25, versus 33% of the overall population. At the same time, though, seniors make up about the same proportion of the Japanese community as they do in the total Canadian population.

  • Almost all Japanese Canadians, 97% in 2001, can carry on a conversation in one of Canada’s official languages.

  • Canadians of Japanese origin are about as likely as other Canadians to be married, while they are less likely than other Canadians to live in a common-law relationship. Japanese Canadians are also less likely than other Canadians to be lone parents.

  • Almost one in three Canadian adults of Japanese origin has a university degree. In 2001, 28% of Canadians of Japanese origin aged 15 and over had either a bachelor’s or post-graduate degree. Canadians of Japanese origin also represent a relatively large proportion of those with degrees in highly technical fields.

  • In 2001, 58% of people of Japanese origins aged 15 and over were employed.

  • In 2000, the average income from all sources for Canadians of Japanese origin aged 15 and over was just over $33,000, about $3,000 more per person than the average for all Canadians.

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