Our community

This page includes an overview of the cultural diversity of Burnaby and New Westminster. These two cities comprise the service area of this Welcoming and Inclusive Communities and Workplaces Program (WICWP) Public Education Project.

Burnaby

The third most populated urban centre in British Columbia, the City of Burnaby is located at the geographic centre of Metro Vancouver. Over the past 25 years, Burnaby has grown to be one of the most culturally diverse communities in the region. The city's diversity is reflected in the over 58 languages spoken by residents.

Burnaby quick facts:

  • Population is over 223,000
  • More than 51% of residents are immigrants
  • Languages most frequently spoken in Burnaby homes in order of prevalence: English, Chinese (including Cantonese and Mandarin), Korean, Punjabi, Filipino, Farsi, Spanish, Russian, Italian and Vietnamese
  • 43% of residents speak English as a first language
  • The top 10 places of birth of Burnaby's recent immigrants are China, South Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, India, Iran, the Russian Federation, Afghanistan, the United States of America and Hong Kong
  • 23% of government-assisted refugees (179 people) arriving in BC in 2010 first settled in Burnaby; they came from Iraq (43), Afghanistan (37), Iran (21), Eritrea (17), Democratic Republic of the Congo (12), Somalia (12), Syria (9), Ethiopia (7), Sudan (7), Guatemala (6) and Yemen (3)

More information: Welcome to Burnaby

New Westminster

New Westminster, the oldest city in Western Canada, is Burnaby’s eastern neighbour. Named by Queen Victoria after her favourite part of London, it was the first capital of British Columbia. The “Royal City” is experiencing increasing immigration with residents speaking more than 42 languages at home.

New Westminster quick facts:

  • Population is over 65,000
  • Almost 32% of residents are immigrants
  • Languages most frequently spoken in New Westminster homes in order of prevalence: English, Punjabi, Filipino, Chinese (including Cantonese and Mandarin), Korean, Spanish, Romanian and Russian
  • 66% of residents speak English as a first language
  • Most recent immigrants are from Asia or South Asia
  • 5%of government-assisted refugees (40 people) arriving in BC in 2010 first settled in New Westminster; they came from Iraq (20), Colombia (4), Democratic Republic of the Congo (4), Guatemala (4), Afghanistan (3), Ethiopia (3) and Jordan (1)

More information: New Westminster – About the City

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