The study, which analysed the friendship groups of 4,000 people, noted that a typical white person mixes with 50 per cent fewer people from other groups as might be expected given the make-up of where they live.
Four decades after Hollywood's first interracial kiss in " Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" shocked mainstream America, Canada's multicultural society is increasingly showing signs that love is colour blind.
“For example, some older people may have more traditional views on inter-ethnic relationships and they were also more likely to have entered into a relationship at a time when England and Wales was less ethnically diverse.
“Younger people are more likely to have grown up in the UK and exposed to other ethnic groups and to respond to observed changes in society, in terms of increasing diversity.” The contrast between white people and other communities echoes the findings of the Social Integration Commission, a study published earlier this week, which showed that white people are the least integrated with other groups in their social lives.
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.
Overall almost one in 10 people living in Britain is married to or living with someone from outside their own ethnic group, the analysis from the Office for National Statistics shows. Only one in 25 white people have settled down with someone from outside their own racial background.
By contrast 85 per cent of people from mixed-race families have themselves set up home with someone from another group.
Yet there was a time in North America's not-so distant past that marrying someone of a different race wasn't just taboo, it could land someone behind bars. Since Sidney Poitier's landmark smooch, Hollywood continued the tradition of big-screen portrayals of interracial romances.
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.
An ONS commentary explained: “Age is likely to play a factor in inter-ethnic relationships in a number of ways.
"Older and younger people from different ethnic groups may have different attitudes across the generations.