Census: One in Five Resident is Born in Another Country

May 9, 2013 - According to data released by Statistics Canada the Canadian landscape is changing. What does it mean for arts organizations?

New data from the National Household Survey (formerly the long-form census) show that Canada was home to about 6,775,800 foreign-born individuals in 2011. They represented 20.6% of the total population, compared with 19.8% in the 2006 Census. Similarly, the proportion of individuals who reported an Aboriginal identity in 2011 has grown to represent 4.3% of the total Canadian population. Aboriginal people accounted for 3.8% of the population in the 2006 Census.

While performing arts provide opportunities for socializing with people we already know (what sociologist refer to as "social bonding"), they also are a fantastic vehicle to learn about other cultures (what sociologist refer to as "social bridging"). The potential of the arts as a tool to foster cross-cultural understanding has been highlighted in the Ontario Arts Engagement Study, as well as in CAPACOA's The Value of Presenting study. Social bridging was also the subject of an interesting post on the Americans for the Arts ARTSblog.

In the context of an increasingly diverse Canada, performing arts organizations have an unique opportunity to contribute to cross-cultural dialogue and social cohesion.

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