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Latinos in Canada

The United States has more than 50 million Spanish-speaking residents, the fifth highest such total in the world. By 2050, that figure is expected to triple, likely making Latinos one of the most influential groups in the country.

By comparison, Canada does not have nearly as many individuals who are of Spanish or Latin American descent. As of 2006, the most recent year for which figures were available, Canada has an estimated 500,000 to 900,000 Latinos living in its borders, or roughly 0.97 percent of the population.

Spanish-speaking people living in Canada tend to gravitate toward the larger cities of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Spanish-speaking immigrants are relatively new arrivals in Canada. The majority of Latin American Canadians arrived in the late 20th century from El Salvador, Colombia, Mexico, Chile, and immigrating Guatemala, with smaller communities from the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Ecuador. Many seek better living conditions or economic advantages. Some Latin American Canadians have left political unrest in their native countries and sought asylum in Canada.