N.B. must help minorities grow

N.B. must help minorities grow
Last Updated: Thursday, March 11, 2010 | 2:50 PM AT Comments41Recommend13

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A growing percentage of new Canadians, like these seen reaffirming their vows of citizenship before a Toronto Blue Jays game in 2003, will be visible minorities, according to a new report by Statistics Canada. (Aaron Harris/Canadian Press)

The face of Canada’s cities may be changing but those in New Brunswick aren’t keeping pace with the rest of the country.

A new report from Statistics Canada predicts that by 2031 about one-third of Canadians — up to 14.4 million people — will belong to a visible minority.

Meanwhile, in New Brunswick the number of visible minorities will be one in 20.

Manju Varma, who has a doctorate in multicultural education and has taught university courses on diversity, said she’s seen New Brunswick’s population diversify as she’s grown up in Moncton.

Although the population is diversifying, she said, New Brunswick’s cities still have a long way to go.

“How can we develop an intelligence-based community if we don’t have the diversity to foster that intelligence in the first place?” Varma said.

According to the national statistics agency, two per cent of Moncton’s population was comprised of visible minorities in 2006 and that number will grow to five per cent by 2031. Meanwhile, three per cent of Saint John’s population was made up of visible minorities in 2006 and that is projected to grow to eight per cent by 2031.

Varma said the results of the Statistics Canada aren’t surprising.

She said New Brunswick should consider adopting measures similar to other small cities in Canada have been successful in attracting immigrants.

“I know there are small towns in Alberta that have brought over cohorts of people. So they literally bring over a community and then that community is already here,” Varma said.

“It’s not people coming and searching for that community. It exists and it everyone in that community has the exact same experience in that they are recent immigrants. They’re struggling with the same issues and then when they do come, they’re not just dropped.”

The Statistics Canada study predicts that between now and 2031, more than 71 per cent of all visible minorities will live in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.

Varma said she’d also like to see more structures in place in New Brunswick’s cities to support immigrants, so they can put down roots and grow.

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  1. admin says:

    Soon, non-diversity will be treated as crime and punished…

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