Canada is on the cusp of demographic shifts we’ve never seen before:
2011 — 81% of Canadians live in urban centres. 35% of all Canadians live in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver;
By 2015 — there will be more seniors 65 years of age and older than children 13 and younger, for the first time in the history of the country;
By 2017 — 53% of the populations of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver will be of visible minority;
By 2030 — all population growth in Canada will derive from immigration.
This new landscape will present new challenges. Meeting these challenges and capitalizing on the opportunities inherent in these shifts will require a shift in how we think about “diversity.” The assumptions underlying the world views that informed social policy and discourse to-date are outdated, and need to be revisited; “diversity” to-date has manifested itself according to those outdated worldviews, reinforcing divisive tendencies that weaken a broader social fabric; tomorrow’s Canada requires a worldview that reflects modern realities.
Diversity 2.0 takes cues from the natural world, demonstrating the ubiquitous nature and mechanical advantage of diversity, and presents diversity as a tool that, properly used, can meet the challenges of an aging and diverse population.
In order to put diversity to good use; to maximize its strengths and minimize its potential to do harm, we need to better understand it.
Diversity 2.0 Sampler