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Capital Article: Minorities Exhibits and Research Evidence

capital article: They have since joined clubs and are feeling more settled, according to Toronto Star. Rick Madonik / Toronto Star The answers to these questions are part of what researchers call social capital, a key ingredient to a good quality of life, a healthy population, safe streets and economic prosperity. The two came from Halifax and found it a bit difficult to make friends and social connections. Toronto a city of more than 2.8 million people where 51 per cent of residents are visible minorities exhibits remarkably high levels of social capital, according to a groundbreaking report being released Tuesday. Article Continued Below In contrast to some of the research evidence for U.S. cities, this study found no evidence in Toronto that increasing ethnic diversity is linked to lower levels of social capital, says the report, the first comprehensive look at the issue in a Canadian city. And surprisingly, the research shows robust social capital among some groups where it was not expected, including first-generation Canadians and seniors living alone and in highrise buildings, says the report by the non-profit Toronto Foundation and Environics Institute for Survey Research. ( As reported in the news.