It’s something we all know:
B.C. is an attractive place to live.
Now, new numbers show that statement is particularly true for new Canadian citizens originally from Mainland China.
Statistics released from Citizenship and Immigration Canada show there has been an uptick in citizenship applications approved over the past few years.
There were 262,638 new Canadians in 2014.
That is way up from recent years.
There were just 143,683 new Canadians in 2010, 181,426 in 2011, 113,156 in 2012 and 129,040 in 2013.
Between January 2014 and September 2015, 15% of new Canadians chose to live in B.C.
But that percentage is higher for people from certain parts of Asia – in particular, Mainland China.
Canadians from Mainland China choose B.C.
People born in China only make up 8% of new citizens across Canada, but 18% of new Canadians in B.C.
That’s more than any other country.
So exactly how many people is that?
The statistics show there were 12,051 new Canadians from Mainland China who chose to call B.C. home between January 2014 and September 2015.
There were around 9,300 new Canadians in B.C. from each the Philippines and India during the same time period.
And there were 3,700 originally from South Korea and Iran.
“A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian”
During last fall’s federal election, now Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said “a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian” when talking about the need to change citizenship rules.
On a similar note, the CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., which helps newcomers to Canada, says the statistics highlight the fact one should not draw conclusions.
Queenie Choo says especially when talking about things like Vancouver real estate, you cannot tell if a buyer is foreign just because of their ethnicity.
“I think we’ve got to understand, in terms of talking about real estate, and I think often statements are made about people from certain countries, but I think we have to understand it deeper.”
Choo says having actual statistics on the citizenship of buyers will help fight generalizations.
“The fact is that right now we don’t have good statistics. Maybe they are Asian, but maybe they are Canadian citizens who have purchased that real estate.”
Choo says Vancouver has long been a community with diversity, and that includes welcoming new Canadians from all over the world.