"The visible minority population is increasing faster than the rest of Canada's population," said Alain Belanger, coordinator of research and analysis in Statistic Canada's demography division, who co-authored the report.
"The visible minority population is growing fast, particularly in large urban areas.Toronto and Vancouver are expected to have more than 50 per cent of their populations as visible minorities by 2017," he
The driving force behind the changing face of large urban centres such as Vancouver is immigration, Belanger
noted that the natural growth of Canada is declining rapidly as the number of deaths in the country exceeds the number of births.By 2020, Canada is expected to have negative natural growth and be dependent on immigration for population increases.
"By 2020, the only population growth in Canada will be due to immigration," Belanger
said."Natural growth is declining because of our aging population."