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"The rate of increase of mixed unions is not huge, but it's steady, and the fact that it continues to be steady in different censuses suggests that those barriers are diminishing." The vast majority – 85 per cent – of interracial couples counted in the 2006 census involve a white person and a visible minority.
But in a country where visible minorities are on a steep incline, so too are marriages among couples from two different visible minority groups (15 per cent).
The Japanese are most likely to enter a mixed union, the census showed, at 74.7 per cent.
The second and third groups most likely to be involved in an interracial relationship are Latin Americans (47 per cent) and blacks (40.6 per cent).
In contrast, South Asians and Chinese are among the least likely to form a union outside their group.
While they are certainly more prevalent, modern day interracial unions aren't entirely immune from the scrutiny and stigma that has coloured them in the past.
It suggests that cultural barriers still make it more difficult for those in inter-ethnic relationships to formalise their status by marriage.
By contrast 85 per cent of people from mixed-race families have themselves set up home with someone from another group.But the figures also shows marked differences in attitudes to outsiders within different communities – often reflected in the whether people are married or cohabiting.For example, in the British Bangladeshi community, those who are cohabiting are seven times more likely to be with someone from another background as those who are married.Wilson Fong, a 32-year-old Toronto police officer, was born in Hong Kong and is now married to a woman of Korean descent.Their families are accepting of the interracial marriage, but Fong said a previous engagement to a white woman raised eyebrows in Oshawa, Ont.Kevin Costner hooked up with Whitney Houston in "The Bodyguard" and Spike Lee brought together a black man and white woman in the more gritty "Jungle Fever." Images of real-life interracial couples such as Halle Berry and Montreal model Gabriel Aubry, as well as Gov. Michaelle Jean and Jean-Daniel Lafond rarely provoke a mention of their mixed-race makeup.Statistics Canada began looking at mixed unions in 2001 as yet another indication of Canada's diversity and the way in which different ethnicities are integrating, analyst Tina Chui said.– a largely white community east of Toronto where he was raised."I found that people looked at me and I always felt they didn't approve of it, just from the way they looked," Fong said.Wendy Roth, a sociologist at the University of British Columbia, said the reason intermarriage and mixed unions prove so interesting is that they serve as a litmus test of social relations between different groups."If this is a sign of anything bigger, it's a sign of the fact that those barriers, those social barriers between racial groups are being chipped away at a little bit," Roth said from Vancouver.