Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Determinants Of Health

Visible Minorities

Overall
By Age
By Education
By Employment
My Median Income (after-tax)
By Low Income

Overall

The Employment Equity Act defines visible minorities as "persons, other than Indigenous peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour” (Statistics Canada, 2016). The visible minority population consists mainly of the following groups: Chinese, South Asian, Black, Arab, West Asian, Filipino, Southeast Asian, Latin American, Japanese and Korean.

In Simcoe Muskoka, 35,055 people identified themselves as a member of a visible minority group in the 2016 Census of Population, accounting for 6.6% of the total population. By comparison, 29.3% (or 3,885,600) of Ontarians identified themselves as a member of a visible minority group in 2016.

Chart1 Visible Minority

Of the 35,055 people in Simcoe Muskoka who identified as a visible minority in 2016, the largest visible minority groups were Black (21% or 7,455), South Asian (21% or 7,395), Chinese (12% or 4,255) and Latin American (12% or 4,045).

In Simcoe County, 7.2% or 33,965 people self-identified as a visible minority in 2016. Bradford West Gwillimbury, a municipality in the south end of Simcoe County, had the highest percentage of the population identifying as a visible minority (20.5% or 7,160). Out of these 7,160 individuals, 26.8% identified as South Asian, 14.4% identified as Latin American, and 14% identified as Southeast Asian.

Chart2 Simcoe

Chart3 Simcoe

Only a small percentage of residents of the District of Muskoka identified as a visible minority (1.9% or 1,090).

Chart4 Muskoka

By Age

In 2016, the median age of the population belonging to a visible minority in Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka was 33 and 32 years, respectively. This was younger than the median age of the total population which was 43 years in Simcoe County and 51 years in Muskoka District.

Children aged 14 and under made up 25% (or 8,790) of the visible minority population in Simcoe Muskoka, while 8% (or 2,680) were seniors aged 65 and over. In comparison, children aged 14 and under made up 16% (or 86,520) of Simcoe Muskoka’s overall population, while 19% (or 95,370) were seniors aged 65 and over.

VisMin PopPyramid

By Education

In terms of educational attainment, 62% of the visible minority population (or 11,555) between the ages of 25 and 64 in Simcoe Muskoka indicated they have a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree.

In comparison, 58% (or almost 165,440 people) of Simcoe Muskoka’s overall population aged 25 to 64 have completed a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree.

VisMin Education

By Employment

According to the Census, in 2016, 70% (or 18,345) of the visible minority population 15 years and older were part of the labour force in Simcoe Muskoka. Approximately 64% (or 16,870) of the population aged 15 years and older were employed, higher than the overall population in Simcoe Muskoka which was 60% (or 267,275).

The unemployment rate in Simcoe Muskoka for the visible minority population 15 years and older was similar to the unemployment rate for the overall population 15 years and older in Simcoe Muskoka, 8% and 7% respectively.

By Median Income (after-tax)

The median after-tax income in 2015 for thevisible minority population aged 15 years and older in Simcoe County was $24,952, which was higher than the median after-tax income for the visible minority population living in the District of Muskoka ($20,718). This is similar to the median after-tax income in 2005 for this population ($25,000 in Simcoe County and $20,671 in Muskoka District, adjusted for inflation).

In comparison, the 2015 median after-tax income for the total population ages 15 years and over in Simcoe County and District of Muskoka was $30,951 and $29,515 respectively.

By Low Income

Based on the Census Low Income Measure after tax (LIM-AT), 16% (or 5,540) of the visible minority population in Simcoe Muskoka were living in low income in 2015. In comparison, according to Census, 12% (or 61,115) of Simcoe Muskoka’s overall population was living in low income in 2015.

In Ontario, 21% of the visible minority population (or 825,735) were living in low income in 2015 (based on the Census LIM-AT) compared to 14% of Ontario’s overall population.

VisMin LIMAT