According to the province, B.C. is the most ethnically diverse province in Canada, with almost 30 per cent of British Columbians have immigrated from another country.
But a new poll conducted on behalf of Vancity says people of a minority are facing discrimination.
More than 1,000 people responded to the survey, out of which 82 per cent of people who identified as a visible minority said they experienced some form of discrimination or racism.
“Almost 30 per cent believe they face discrimination based on their name and 10 per cent feel they face disadvantages because of their religious affiliation. Those are really troubling, troubling statistics.”
Catherine Ludgate with Vancity says the findings were troubling.
“Of that 82 per cent, 56 per cent of that group say they believe people are making assumptions about their cultural group, 46 per cent feel they feel social disadvantage because of their ethnic background and 33 per cent feel they have been a target of specific abuse.”
As for resettling refugees, Ludgate says about a quarter of those surveyed say the province shouldn’t be accepting as many refugees as it has been in the past.
But she says the findings are contradictory because 82 per cent think multiculturalism has been ‘good’ for the country.