Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Changing Face of Calgary - CIES 6th Annual Summer Festival Highlight Reel

Calgary, throughout its history, has had a sustained increase in the number of immigrant and visible minority persons arriving in the city. The result has been a continually growing range of culturally diverse experiences, perspectives and vibrancy. Calgary’s ethno-cultural make-up is changing rapidly.

There is a significant increase in the number of Canadian-born as well as immigrants belonging to visible minority groups. According to Statistics Canada, Calgary’s visible minority population is expected to grow from 22 per cent to 38 per cent between 2006 and 2031, That said, based on our current rate of growth, the visible minority population is projected to reach upwards of 40 per cent in Calgary by 2020. In other words, Calgary is joining the likes of Vancouver and Toronto, as major urban centre of multiculturalism and preferred destination for newcomers. This is why the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society, serving our great city for nearly three decades, is on the front bumper of urban culture and we count ourselves as lucky because of it. The beauty of diversity is our strength and a look at our recent Summer Festival Highlight reel below shows us just that. Once again thank you to all who participated in any way, shape or form. The Festival would not have been possible without you!

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