Top 10 Most Diverse Cities In Canada Revealed As Immigration Alters Demographics

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The list of the Top 10 Most Diverse Cities in Canada is led by Kitchener, as reported in a study by Preply, a United States-based, e-learning company that operates a language app.

That study claims the top 10 most diverse cities in Canada are:

  1. Kitchener
  2. Wrinkler
  3. Guelph
  4. Squamish
  5. London
  6. Abbotsford
  7. Charlottetown
  8. Brandon
  9. Hamilton
  10. Oshawa

“We live in an increasingly global world, and our analysis reveals that Canada is no exception to this, with growing immigration fostering greater diversity across the country,” notes the Preply study.

“As the most diverse cities, Kitchener, Winkler, Guelph, Squamish, and London stood out as hubs for multiculturalism, but cities across the nation follow this same example.”

The highest-ranking city for multicultural and linguistic diversity is Kitchener, claims Preply.

“Kitchener is a vibrant city with a history of welcoming immigrants with a significant wave of arrivals from German-speaking countries in the 20th century,” notes the study. “The city is now home to a large number of ethnic and cultural groups.”

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In Canada, almost all the population growth in the past few years has come from immigration.

“Close to 98 per cent of the growth in the Canadian population from July 1, 2022, to July 1, 2023, came from net international migration, with two per cent coming from the difference between births and deaths,” reports Statistics Canada, the country’s demographic and statistical services agency.

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Kitchener is no exception to the record-breaking which Canada has seen in the past few years.

“Immigration increased by 65 per cent from 2011-15 to 2016-21, accounting for over 10,000 new permanent residents in this period (in Kitchener),” the Preply study reveals.

“The average across Canada was only 18 per cent. Over a quarter (27 per cent) of the population (of Kitchener) also noted speaking at least one language other than French or English.”

Toronto Is Canada’s Most Linguistically-Diverse City Study Finds

Eleven of the most diverse cities in Canada are located in Ontario. British Columbia has six. There are two in Manitoba and one in Prince Edward Island.

Only two of Canada’s 10 largest cities appeared in the Top 10 Most Diverse Cities list.

But the country’s biggest city, Toronto, has the highest proportion of both immigrants and multiple non-official language speakers. The Preply report also includes a list of the most linguistically diverse cities in the country.

Here is that ranking.

  1. Vancouver
  2. Toronto
  3. Abbotsford
  4. Winkler
  5. Calgary
  6. Kitchener
  7. Windsor
  8. Edmonton
  9. Winnipeg
  10. Montreal

“Despite the majority of the most diverse cities being located in Ontario, the most multicultural province overall is British Columbia,” notes the report.

“It is the most western of Canada’s provinces and is known for its beautiful landscapes and scenery but has now made a name for itself as a cultural and linguistic melting pot.”

Immigrants comprise 29 per cent of British Columbia’s population, far more than the percentage of immigrants in other Canadian provinces.

“What’s more, 28 per cent of British Columbia’s population speaks at least one language other than French or English at home, and three per cent of residents list a non-official language as their first language,” notes the study.

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