Audience Diversity

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Diversity of disability

Anyone can have a disability, and a disability can occur at any point in a person’s life. However, disabilities are more common among adults 65 years of age and older.

  • 20.5% of British Columbians between the ages of 15 and 64 live with a disability
  • 70% of people with disabilities report more than one disability
  • 41.7% of British Columbians over the age of 65 live with a disability
  • In 2018, nearly 913,000 British Columbians were aged 65 years or older and over 115,000 British Columbians were aged 85 years or older
  • By 2031, almost one in four people in B.C. (more than 1.3 million people) will be over the age of 65

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Cultural diversity

  • We live and work on the traditional territories of more than 200 distinct Nations across the province. Each with their own unique cultures, traditions and history
  • There are approximately 200,000 First NationsInuit and Métis Peoples in B.C.
  • We welcome nearly 40,000 new immigrants to the province every year
  • Almost 30 percent of British Columbians immigrated to B.C. from another country
  • Residents of B.C. trace their origins to more than 200 countries or regions

Languages in B.C.

  • There are 34 First Nations languages with seven distinct, unrelated language families in B.C. There are over 93 dialects within these languages
  • More than 50% of Canada's First Nations Languages are in B.C.
  • After English, the most common languages spoken at home are Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, German, Tagalog, French, Korean, Spanish, and Farsi
  • In 2016, around 1 in 3 (29.6%) British Columbians spoke a language other than English or French as their first language

Literacy levels 

Literacy is measured across six levelsPeople with Level 1 or below are considered to have very low literacy skills, while Level 3 is considered the minimum required for coping with everyday life. Of British Columbians aged between 16 and 65 years:

  • 45.9% are reading at a Level 2 or below (a very low level)
  • 38.7% at Level 3
  • 15.4% at Level 4 to 5 (the highest level)

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