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Proportion of Immigrants, Alberta Economic Regions


This Alberta Official Statistic describes the proportion of immigrants that reside in each of the eight Alberta economic regions based on the 2011 National Household Survey. Canada is a multicultural society whose ethnocultural make-up has been shaped over time by immigrants and their descendants. Each new wave of immigration has added to the nation’s ethnic and cultural composition. Over time, patterns of immigration have shifted. Historically, most immigrants came from Europe. More recently, the largest group of newcomers to Canada has come from Asia (including the Middle East).


July 7, 2015

AOS Alberta Official Statistics Economic Immigrant Population Region

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Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour (2013–2016)

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The NHS questions on landed immigrant status and year of immigration provide further information about the immigrants in Canada.

Immigrants refers to persons who are or have ever been a landed immigrant/permanent resident; in other words, they have been granted the right to live in Canada permanently by immigration authorities.

About the NHS: Between May and August 2011, Statistics Canada conducted the National Household Survey (NHS) for the first time. This voluntary, self-administered survey was introduced as a replacement for the long-form census questionnaire, also known as Census Form 2B.

The NHS is designed to collect social and economic data about the Canadian population.

Although the content of the NHS is similar to that of the 2006 long form Census questionnaire, the shift from a mandatory to a voluntary survey, and some content changes, can affect the comparability of the data over time. As a result, users are cautioned when comparing NHS estimates with counts produced from the 2006 long form Census, especially for data involving small geographies. Users are advised to consult the user guide and the reference materials provided by Statistics Canada to ensure appropriate use and analyses of NHS data.

Statistics Canada defines an Economic Region (ER) as a grouping of complete census divisions (CDs) (with one exception in Ontario) created as a standard geographic unit for analysis of regional economic activity. Census Division is defined by Statistics Canada as a group of neighboring municipalities joined together for the purposes of regional planning and managing common services (such as police or ambulance services). These groupings are established under laws in effect in certain provinces of Canada.


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