In 2001, 379,105 people living in Peel identified themselves as visible minorities. This was up from 265,285 people in 1996, an increase of 42.9 per cent. The total visible minority population in Peel increased from 31.2 per cent of Peelís total population in 1996 to 38.5 per cent in 2001. The visible minority population has more than doubled since the last census.
Peel had the second highest proportion of visible minorities in the GTA, behind only Toronto with 42.8 per cent. Halton had the lowest percentage in the GTA with 8.7 per cent.
South Asians were the largest visible minority group in Peel in both 1996 and 2001 with 36.5 per cent and 40.9 per cent of the total visible minority populations respectively. The second and third largest groups in both censuses were black and Chinese but they have both declined in the overall proportion of total visible minorities in Peel. This is largely due to the considerable growth in the South Asian population.
Proportion of Visible Minorities, 2001
Source: Statistics Canada, 2001 Census
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