SEDAI: The Japanese Canadian Legacy Project

Sharing the unique history and experiences of Canadians of Japanese ancestry

Japanese Canadian Communities Today

In 2001, 85,230 people in Canada identified themselves as being ethnically Japanese (around 0.2% of the Canadian population) Of this number almost 40% listed Japanese as only one of multiple ethnicities. This attests to the high intermarriage rate among Japanese Canadians. In 2001, Japanese Canadians had the highest intermarriage rates of all ‘visible minority’ groups in Canada. Seventy percent of all couples involving a Japanese partner were mixed unions.

In addition, contemporary Japanese Canadians are typically well-educated, having a higher percentage with university degrees and lower percentage without a high school diploma than the total Canadian population. There is also a greater proportion of Japanese Canadians in professional or managerial occupations than the general public, and their average incomes tend to be higher.