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Diversity

Diversity of race, religion and lifestyle help define and set Toronto apart from other world cities. Toronto is home to virtually all of the world's culture groups and is the city where more than 180 languages and dialects are spoken.

Toronto remains a mosaic of many languages. In 2011, 44% of the population had a mother tongue in a language other than English or French.

According to Statistics Canada 2011 Census data, in Toronto, the three most common mother tongues were Chinese (3.2%), Cantonese (3.2%) and Italian (2.7%), in 2011. In comparison, the most common mother tongues at the provincial / territorial level were Italian (2.1%), Chinese, not otherwise specified (1.6%) and Cantonese (1.5%).

Top 20 languages by mother tongue* City of Toronto, 2011

Total Responses 2,589,085
Single mother tongue responses 2,503,935
English 1,317,025
Chinese, n.o.s. 85,240
Cantonese 83,955
Italian 71,725
Spanish 70,760
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 70,465
Tamil 61,605
Mandarin 59,820
Portuguese 58,175
Persian (Farsi) 41,905
Urdu 38,010
Russian 36,950
French 32,665
Korean 31,135
Greek 29,020
Gujarati 28,240
Polish 27,880
Arabic 26,075
Bengali 24,325
Vietnamese 23,575

Source: Statistics Canada 2011 Census

* Refers to the first language learned at home in childhood and still understood by the individual at the time of the census.

** N.O.S. = not otherwise specified, i.e., not specified as Cantonese, Mandarin or Hakka.

 

Visible minority status

City of Toronto

Total

Male

Female

Total population by visible minority groups

2,476,565

1,193,330

1,283,235

Visible minority population

1,162,630

554,890

607,740

Chinese

283,075

135,035

148,035

South Asian

298,370

150,465

147,910

Black

208,555

95,360

113,195

Filipino

102,555

43,155

59,400

Latin American

64,855

31,330

33,525

Southeast Asian

37,495

17,890

19,600

Arab

22,485

12,210

10,275

West Asian

42,755

21,700

21,055

Korean

34,220

16,345

17,875

Japanese

11,965

4,965

7,000

Visible minority, not included elsewhere

25,195

11,525

13,670

Multiple visible minorities

31,100

14,910

16,190

All others

1,313,930

638,445

675,490

Source: Statistics Canada 2006 Census