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Canada Immigration by Country

What are the most common countries of birth for Canadian residents who were not born in Canada?
Includes permanent and temporary residents
Source: 2016 Census
Quiz by SunsetSunrise
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Last updated: November 5, 2017
First submittedOctober 21, 2014
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# People
Country of Origin
974,385
China
728,160
India
626,090
Philippines
528,425
United Kingdom
338,220
United States
242,255
Italy
210,090
Pakistan
175,760
Vietnam
# People
Country of Origin
168,010
Germany
160,680
Iran
149,615
South Korea
149,390
Poland
144,220
Jamaica
143,160
Portugal
138,645
France
134,750
Sri Lanka
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level 37
Apr 21, 2015
We Indians are everywhere...that too largest immigrants
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level 43
May 13, 2015
Well, you arn't foreigners or immigrants. Technically the Englishmen who founded Canada would be.
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level 53
Oct 30, 2015
english and french men
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level 62
May 10, 2016
Common misconception. Englilshmen did not "found" Canada. The French-settled nucleus was inherited by Great Britain and then further populated by American colonists. Not politically correct of me at all.
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level 70
Apr 8, 2017
Since Indians is not the PC term I read zuni's comment to read as people from India, not Native American. And since it has been hundreds of years and hundreds of millions of people later since Europeans and Asians started spreading out to parts unknown (later called the Americas and Caribbean islands), calling anyone not of Native American decent foreigners or immigrants is ignorance at it's best.
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level 48
May 30, 2017
At the end of the day, aren't we all immigrants anyway?
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level 54
May 30, 2017
Lol, you mean those people who died 300 years ago? He would be no less foreign than them. Learn the difference between an immigrant and a pioneer.
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level 67
May 30, 2017
Interesting quiz. You might want to tweak the title, since such people aren't normally considered "foreigners."
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level 75
Nov 5, 2017
Clearly refering to people from the country of India. Goodness me, you people.
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level 72
Mar 19, 2017
Note that your source, UNData, does not have separate figures for Taiwan as it is not a UN-recognised entity. I guess that number is included in China's figures?
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level ∞
Mar 21, 2017
Taiwan is 69,550. The UN unhelpfully lumps them together with China. However, we are able to remove the Taiwan numbers from China's total.
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level 74
Mar 19, 2017
I am surprised Australia doesn't make this list. At least where I live, there are a lot of Australians here on temporary work permits.
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level 77
Mar 20, 2017
What's the driving factor for Jamaica? Seems like a bit of a climate shock.
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level 65
Apr 21, 2017
The migrant worker program brings lots of Jamaicans to Canada in the summer to work in vineyards and orchards. Might not be the whole story but its gotta be at least part of it.
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level 75
Nov 5, 2017
Jamaicans as a former British colony was a preferential immigrant group until the 1970s. In addition many Jamaicans moved to the UK after independence and then later moved to Canada for better opportunities..
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level 75
Nov 8, 2017
Also, some Jamaicans have claimed refugee status because of homo/transphobic persecution.
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level 63
Mar 1, 2019
bobsleding
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level 68
Apr 25, 2017
Since they live in Canada, wouldn't they be Native Canadians? If you are going to make the claim that the term Native Americans covers all of the Americas, then pretty much everyone in the western hemisphere is a Native American.
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level 61
May 22, 2017
First Nations people are not immigrants or foreigners, and not everyone born in the Western Hemisphere is a Native American, many people have not a single ancestor, (say from 1,000 years ago) who lived in the Americas.
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level ∞
May 22, 2017
How long do one's ancestors have to inhabit an area to be considered native? Its probable that several waves of people came across the land bridge into Canada, so even the First Nations were probably not really "first".
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level 54
May 30, 2017
Actually they were immigrants once too when they crossed over from Siberia.
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level 54
May 30, 2017
Correction they WERE foreigners, currently however they're dead. And their descendants like me are not foreigners, my family has been here for 400 years, this is my country.
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level 54
May 30, 2017
Are Europeans really that foreign to Canada, considering the Vikings were in Newfoundland and Nunavut over a thousand years ago?
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level 40
May 30, 2017
how I managed to forget america, i do not know
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level 59
May 30, 2017
All these people fighting over who's a foreigner and who isn't while the quiz clearly states a definition. Go figure!
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level 24
May 30, 2017
If you live in Vancouver you will have to speak Mandarin to survive. Basic needs like shelter, a job and personal space will be taken from you by hoards of Chinese immigrants. Sorry that your Prime Minister sucks Canada. Your best bet is to merge with America.
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level 76
May 30, 2017
Honestly, I'd rather have to learn Mandarin than Spanish. Canada, here I come!
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level 75
Nov 5, 2017
Trudeau vs Trump?? I'd go with the former even if I had to learn Mandarin which is a ridiculous proposition.
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level 45
Aug 10, 2018
Best bet is to merge with America? That's a horrible idea for any country.
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level 61
Apr 28, 2019
I like being independent thank you very much.
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level 44
May 30, 2017
You're going to have to rig it so that answers like "England" and "Scotland" do not come up empty. Have "United Kingdom" or it's wrong is not copacetic.
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level 61
May 30, 2017
Portugal? Seriously? Why?
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level 69
May 31, 2017
This was also my question. Any takers?
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level 45
Jun 1, 2017
Two prominent Portuguese waves contributed to the high amount of Portuguese living in Canada today. First wave occurred in the late 1960's - mid 1970's, and peaked in 1973 (or 1974?) where in that one calendar year, over 16,000 Portuguese immigrants immigrated to Canada. A large number of these were baby boomers so a lot of them are still alive. The second wave occurred in the late 1980's and possibly extending into the early 1990's. I have not researched what events in Portugal lead to the mass emigration away from Portugal so I cannot comment further. Hope this helps!
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level 75
Nov 5, 2017
Many came from the Azores islands. Previous to the revolution that overthrew Salazar, Portugal was quite poor especially the Azores islands.
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level 48
Jul 20, 2019
they're mainly from the Azores
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level 53
May 31, 2017
I completely forgot about India haha
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level 53
Feb 21, 2019
I've never met anyone from/born in Portugal.
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level 77
Jun 20, 2019
I have. But not in Canada.