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More than 340,000 children in Canada are growing up in mixed-race families, a new report from Statistics Canada reveals, and the number of mixed unions is growing much more quickly than that of other partnerships.Increasing numbers of mixed ethnocultural unions and international adoption mean five per cent of children in two-parent families in Canada now live in diverse households, said Anne Milan, senior analyst and co-author of the report, released Tuesday."There's close to 294,000 children that have mixed-union parents," she said.While couples comprised of people from two different visible minority groups are less common and account for just 0.6 per cent of all couples in Canada, their ranks are growing even more quickly, increasing by 50 per cent between 20.Statistics Canada uses the Employment Equity Act definition of visible minority, which is "persons, other than Aboriginal Peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour." This includes Chinese, South Asians, blacks, Arabs, West Asians, Filipinos, Southeast Asians, Latin Americans, Japanese and Koreans."We saw that the longer someone had been in Canada, the higher the proportion that was in a mixed union," said Milan.Milan said the swift growth in the amount of mixed couples is paralleled by a general rise in Canada's visible minority population, which grew 27 per cent in that five-year period.Of Canada's mixed couples, about 86 per cent were made up of one visible minority person and a partner who is not part of a visible minority.

The Toronto couple was featured on Crazy For Love, a series airing on Vision TV profiling mixed-union couples in Canada.

Her father insists Seguin is really Jamaican because of his appreciation of her family's music, culture and lifestyle, she said, and she reminds her husband that their children will face different societal expectations because their skin colour is darker than his."We as parents have to be aware of that and teach our children how society is going to view them and what they need to bring to society as a contributing member," she said. Even though we say we've come far, society still has its problems."Mixed unions are largely "an urban phenomenon," Statistics Canada reported, with 5.1 per cent of couples in Canada's major cities in mixed unions, compared to 1.4 per cent of those in rural areas and small towns.