The Health Behaviours of Immigrants and Native-Born People in Canada


Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC
James, Ted McDonald

This paper analyzes the incidence of participation in various activities generally expected to have an impact on current and future physical health. Attention is focused on the incidence of these activities among immigrant and minority groups compared to native-born white Canadians. The objective of this paper is to provide new insights into some of the factors that might underpin the apparent deterioration in immigrants’ physical health with years in Canada on arrival in their new country and over time, by documenting and analyzing the incidence of a range of behaviours that are strongly associated with current and future health.

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