ARCHIVED – A description of the ethnic segregation/mixing within major Canadian metropolitan areas project

Summary

This brief description is intended to provide a roadmap to be used in the analysis and utilization of the maps that were produced for the “Ethnic Segregation/Mixing within Major Canadian Metropolitan Areas Project.” To a significant degree, the utilization of the maps would be considerably easier if all immigrant and visible minority groups were distributed in the same way across the cities of Canada. Of course, this is not the case and any mapping exercise must accommodate the reality of an uneven distribution of groups within cities and the fact that some groups are much larger in particular cities than in others. This project has attempted to respect the unequal size and uneven geographies of immigrant and visible minority groups across urban Canada by striking a series of compromises between group and geographic specificity. Ultimately the maps furnish a portrait of the geographies of immigrants and visible minority groups, and how these geographies change when analyses move from places of residence to those of work. By producing maps of ethnocultural diversity in terms of residential and workplace geographies, the project also encourages researchers to consider the processes that shape districts of diversity and homogeneity in an era of significant international migration.

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