The Story of Canada’s Ethnocultural Diversity in Numbers

Canada’s history is characterized by diversity and complexity – a social reality that predates that nation itself, and one that is continually reflected in Canada’s ongoing family diversity.

Understanding this diversity requires both research and conversation, and, since its founding, Statistics Canada has played a key role in facilitating evidence-based conversation through its world-renowned research and analysis.

As Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary, Statistics Canada is continuing this conversation with its speaker series, which brings together academics, historians, students, policy-makers, community organizations and practitioners to explore a variety of themes in the Canadian context.

On April 25, 2017, Vanier Institute CEO Nora Spinks joined the speakers for the first in this series, The Story of Canada’s Ethnocultural Diversity in Numbers, where she provided a “family lens” and discussed family diversity in Canada alongside a variety of researchers and subject matter experts:


  • Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada, Statistics Canada

Guest speaker

  • Peter S. Li, Ph.D., D.Litt., C.M., FRSC, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, University of Saskatchewan


  • Jean-Pierre Corbeil, Assistant Director, Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division, Statistics Canada


  • Jack Jedwab, Executive Vice-President, Association for Canadian Studies and Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration
  • Ümit Kiziltan, Director General, Research and Evaluation Branch, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Nora Spinks, Chief Executive Officer, The Vanier Institute of the Family
  • Yoko Yoshida, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University



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