Visible Minority

A visible minority is a person or group visibly not one of the majority race in a given population. The term is used primarily in Canada, as a demographic category by Statistics Canada, in connection with that country's Employment Equity policies. The qualifier "visible" is important in the Canadian context where political divisions have traditionally been determined by language (English vs. French) and religion (Catholics vs. Protestants) - "invisible" traits.

Since the reform of Canada's immigration laws in the 1960s, immigration has been heaviest from areas other than Europe, thus creating visible minorities. Members of visible minorities are defined by the Canadian Employment Equity Act as "persons, other than Aboriginal people, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour." The term is used to address the alleged labour market disadvantage of this group. The American equivalent—"people of color"—is similar, but also includes Aboriginal Americans.

Read more about Visible Minority:  Visible Minorities in Canada, Legislative Versus Operational Definitions, Controversy

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Visible Minority - Controversy
... The classification “visible minorities” has attracted controversy ... criticism arises regarding the composition of “visible minorities” as defined by the Canadian government ... have noted that the groups comprising “visible minorities” have little in common with each other, as they include some disadvantaged ethnic groups and other groups who are not ...
Charlottetown - Demography
... Canada 2006 Census Population % of Total Population Visible minority group South Asian 70 0.2 Chinese 115 0.4 Black 260 0.8 Filipino 0 ... Latin American 115 0.4 Southeast Asian 0 ... Other ...
Demographics Of Vancouver - Ethnic Origin - Tables of Ethnicities (for Census Metropolitan Area) - Ethnicities
... In the city of Vancouver, 47.1% of the population are members of visible minority groups as of the 2001 Census ... peoples, who make up less than two percent of the city's population, are not considered a visible minority group by Statistics Canada. 1.5 Latin American 8,225 1.4 First Nations 7,510 1.3 Mixed visible minority 7,320 1.3 Black 5,290 0.9 West Asian 5,355 0.9 Métis 3,230 0.6 Arab 1,875 0.3 Other visible minority 990 0.2 Inuit 0 ... Total population ...
Cottam, Ontario - Demographics
... Canada 2006 Census Population % of Total Population Visible minority group South Asian 0 0% Chinese 30 0.1% Black 190 0.9% Filipino 20 0.1% Latin American 395 1.9% Arab 80 0.4% Southeast Asian ...
Demographics Of Edmonton - Ethnicity
... Also in 2006, visible minorities accounted for 22.9% of the population, while 5.3% of Edmontonians were considered Aboriginal and 71.8% were considered ... Visible minority and Aboriginal population Population group Population (2011) % of total population (2011) Population (2006) % of total population (2006) White 514,935 64.7% 518,625 71.8. 2,150 0.3% 1,255 0.2% Multiple visible minorities 6,665 0.8% 4,940 0.7% Total visible minority population 238,755 30% 165,465 22.9% Aboriginal group First Nations 18,860 2.4 ...

Famous quotes containing the words minority and/or visible:

    The hard truth is that what may be acceptable in elite culture may not be acceptable in mass culture, that tastes which pose only innocent ethical issues as the property of a minority become corrupting when they become more established. Taste is context, and the context has changed.
    Susan Sontag (b. 1933)

    And just as there are no words for the surface, that is,
    No words to say what it really is, that it is not
    Superficial but a visible core, then there is
    No way out of the problem of pathos vs. experience.
    John Ashbery (b. 1927)