African, Caribbean and Black People in Canada
According to the 2006 Canadian Census, there were 783,795 African, Caribbean and Black people living in Canada, representing about 2.5% of the country’s population.
Black people comprised 3.9% (or 473,765) of the population of Ontario (n=12,028,895). Therefore, 60% of Canada’s Black population resided in Ontario.
HIV in Canada
An estimated total of 65,000 people were living with HIV infection in Canada as of December 2008.3
Of these, 9,250 people were from Africa and the Caribbean, representing 14% of HIV-infected persons in Canada.
In 2008, there were an estimated 2,300-4,300 new HIV infections in Canada, of which 370-690 (16%) were among persons from Africa or the Caribbean. This latter number includes HIV-infected persons newly arriving in Canada as well persons living in Canada newly infected.
For more information on HIV in African, Caribbean and Black communities in Canada, download our factsheet, HIV Prevalence, Incidence, Mother-to-Child Transmission Among African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) Populations in Canada As Of 2008.
HIV in Ontario
An estimated 26,627 people were living with HIV in Ontario as of December 2008
Of this number, 4,878 people living with HIV were in the HIV-endemic category (i.e. born in sub-Saharan Africa or the Caribbean and no other risk factors), representing 18% of HIV-infected persons.
Of the 4,878, men constitute roughly 60% (n=2,910) and women 40% (n=1,968)
For more statistics on HIV in African, Caribbean and Black communities in Ontario, download our factsheet, HIV Prevalence, Incidence, Mother-to-Child Transmission Among African, Caribbean, and Black Populations As Of 2008.