ORA – Did you know…?

Before 1991 Italians arriving to Canada numbered almost three hundred thousand, between 2001 and 2006 they were just over two thousand.

In total, today in Canada Italian Canadians are 4.6% of the total population.

In Ontario, Italians represent 7.2% of the population. In the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) alone, Italians are 9.2% of the population. The most significant example of concentration of citizens of Italian origin is the city of Vaughan, just north of Toronto, where over 38% of the local population is of Italian origin.

According to Census 2006, Italian is still the third most spoken language in Toronto, after English and Chinese.

Prior to 1991, Italians were the largest share of immigrants to Canada; but this trend reversed, and immigrants from other parts of the world have now surpassed Italian immigrants.

(Daniela Sanzone, “From Mass Immigration to Professional Workers. A portrait of the Italian ‘comunità’ in Ontario”. Washington, March 29,2013)

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