The multicultural society in Ontario is an exciting fact of daily life and an attraction for international students. Ontario's population includes Aboriginal peoples, Canadians born in Ontario and in 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 Ontario. A great part of living and studying in Ontario is its diverse population, where all ethnicities, cultures and religions are respected by Canadian law and national policy.
According to Canada's 2006 national Census, Ontario had 2,745,200 visible minorities in 2006, more than half (54.2%) of Canada's total visible minority population. In fact, almost a quarter of Ontario's population is made up by visible minorities (22.8% of Ontario's total population). The 2006 census reported more than 200 different ethnic ancestries in Ontario.
The largest visible minority groups in Ontario are:
South Asian: 794,200
Latin American: 147,100
Southeast Asian: 110,500