Hamilton-Burlington immigration not keeping pace with Ontario: StatsCan

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The share of immigrants in Hamilton remained steady at nearly one-quarter of the population, according to 2016 census figures released Wednesday.

But Hamilton’s immigrant proportion has not kept up with a growth in immigrants coming to Ontario, according to an analysis of the census numbers by the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton (SPRC).

The foreign-born population in Hamilton, Burlington and Grimsby measured 24.1 per cent of the total population, or 177,075 people. The share of immigrants to total population in the Hamilton census area has been relatively steady over the last several censuses.

While Hamilton’s immigrant population has stayed steady, Ontario’s has grown from 26 per cent of the population in 1996 to 29 per cent in 2016, SPRC found.

About 10 per cent of the immigrants reported in the 2016 census have come to Hamilton in the last five years.

Between 2011 and 2016, 17,420 people who reported in the census that they were born in another country moved to Hamilton, Burlington or Grimsby.

The same numbers showed the share of immigrants in Canada reached its highest level in almost a century.

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Article and image source: CBC Hamilton

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