Latinos en Calgary
Calgary is a great place for a Spanish and Latin immigrant to live, work and play. The Calgary Spanish and Latin community continues to grow in Alberta, as it does in Canada alike. Mexicans, Venezuelans, Colombians, come to work in the oil sector in Calgary and the growing province of Alberta in general.
Latinos en Calgary are a growing community in Canada
Canadians with Latin American origin make up one of the largest non-European ethnic groups in Canada. In 2001, 244,400 people of Latin American origin lived in Canada. That year, they represented almost 1% of the total population of Canada.
The Latin American community in Canada is growing considerably faster than the overall population. Between 1996 and 2001, for example, the number of people reporting Latin American origins rose by 32%, while the overall population grew by only 4%.
The group of Canadians with Latin American origin includes people from a number of countries in that part of the world. In 2001, for example, 15% came from Mexico, while 14% were Chilean, 11% came from El Salvador, 7% were Peruvian and 6% were from Colombia.
The majority of Latinos in Canada are foreign-born
A majority of the Latin American population living in Canada was born outside the country. In 2001, 62% of Canadians who reported Latin American origins were born outside of Canada, whereas this was the case for 18% of the overall Canadian population.
Most of the Latin community live in four Canadian provinces
Almost all Canadians of Latin American origin live in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia or Alberta. Indeed, in 2001, almost half (47%) of all Canadians who reported Latin American origin lived in Ontario, while 27% lived in Quebec, 13% resided in British Columbia and 9% made Alberta their home. That year, 115,000 people of Latin American origin lived in Ontario, while 65,000 made Quebec their home, 32,000 resided in British Columbia, and 22,000 lived in Alberta.
Most of the Latin community live in large cities of Canada
The majority of the Canadian population with Latin American origins live in one of Canada’s major metropolitan areas. In 2001, for example, 31% of the overall Latin American community in Canada lived in Toronto, while 23% resided in Montreal and 9% made Vancouver their home. That year, just over 75,000 people with Latin American origins lived in Toronto, 56,000 resided in Montreal and 23,000 lived in Vancouver, BC
People who reported Latin American origin also make up relatively large shares of the overall populations in both Toronto and Montreal. In 2001, those with Latin American origins represented around 2% of the populations of both Toronto and Montreal, while they accounted for around 1% of the total population in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Ottawa.
Most Latinos feel a sense of belonging to Canada
In 2002, 82% of those who reported Latin American origin said they had a strong sense of belonging to Canada. At the same time, 57% said that they had a strong sense of belonging to their ethnic or cultural group.
People with Latin American origins are also active in Canadian society. For example, 66% of Canadians of Latin American origin who were eligible to vote did so in the 2000 federal election.