Wednesday, July 26, 2017
South Asians



South Asians (sometimes referred to as East Indian in Canada) may be defined as any person who reports an ethnicity associated with the Southern part of Asia or who self-identifies as part of the South Asian visible minority group.

South Asians are people who come from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.  South Asians may also have been born in Canada, on the Indian sub-continent, in the Caribbean, in Africa, in Great Britain or elsewhere.


South Asians remained the largest visible minority group in Ontario in 2006. Its population of 794,170 accounted for 28.9% of all visible minorities in the province.


The town of Markham had the highest proportion of visible minorities in Canada. They accounted for 65.4% of its population, of which over half (52.4%) were Chinese and over a quarter (26.4%) were South Asian.


South Asians are more susceptible to lifestyle diseases and prevalence of diabetes, cardiovascular and mental diseases is 3 to 4 times greater.  Up to 70% of the population lives on or below the poverty line as defined by the low income cut off point.  Homelessness is another important issue.