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A detailed breakdown of people from multiple visible minorities could arrive in October 2022. Statistics Canada says it will consider a change to its data-collecting practices to better account for Canadians who identify as members of multiple visible minorities — people who for years have been grouped into single categories, regardless of their backgrounds. In 2016, 232,375 Canadians selected two or more visible minority groups when completing their census forms. But a detailed breakdown of that portion of the population has never been made available — leading some to suggest that governments are drafting laws and policies based on incomplete data. “It was kind of shocking to find out that we didn’t have the numbers and that nobody thought about collecting them,” said Godlove Ngwafusi, a representative of the African Canadian Association of Ottawa and a longtime federal civil servant.

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