MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY IN BC

MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY IN BC

The multicultural society in British Columbia is an exciting fact of daily life and an attraction for international students. British Columbia's population includes Aboriginal peoples, Canadians born in BC and other provinces, Canadians born outside of Canada, and the children of immigrants who came to Canada generations before. Most Canadians initially came from continental Europe and the UK, but recently immigration from Asia, Africa, South America and the Caribbean has increased. More than 200 ethnic origins were reported in the 2006 Canadian Census; this means you can find the food, clothing, art, music, language, literature and, of course, people from around the globe in the different regions of British Columbia. A great part of living and studying in British Columbia is its diverse population, where all ethnicities, cultures and religions are respected by Canadian law and national policy.

More than one-quarter of British Columbians -- and more than a third of people in Vancouver -- were born outside Canada. Because of its diversity of immigrants and residents, British Columbia has a range of official multicultural societies you can call or visit. Some of the ethnic groups with official society offices in British Columbia include: Afghan, Bosnian, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Filipino, German, Hispanic, Japanese, Jewish, Korean, Malaysian, Scottish, Taiwanese,and Turkish.

The most common languages other than English or French spoken by residents of British Columbia are shown below, with the percentage of British Columbians who reported speaking that language:

Panjabi (Punjabi): 12.5%
Cantonese: 10.6%
Chinese (not specified): 8.9%
Mandarin: 8.1%
German: 8.0%
Spanish: 6.0%
Tagalog: 4.9%
Hindi: 4.7%
Korean: 3.3%
Italian: 2.8%