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Arab Canadians

Arab Canadians are people who self-identify as Arabic of Arab World origin; this includes immigrants from the region of the Levant, which includes Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan, although overwhelmingly from Lebanon. The remainder is made up of those from Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Iraq, Libya, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and other Arab nations.

Arab Canadians account for about 1.91%  of the total population of Canada. According to the Canadian Census 2021, there were 694,020 people of Arab descent in Canada. Quebec is the province with the highest percentage of Arab population in Canada.

Source: Census 2021

Arab Population by Nation of Origin

Statistics Canada asks people to self-identify themselves for origin or race or nation of Origin. In Census 2021, 263,710 persons defined themselves as simply Arab and other by Nation of Origin. 

The largest subgroup is by far the Lebanese Canadians with 210,605 responses, followed by; Egyptian Canadians with 105,245, Moroccan Americans with 99,980, Syrian Americans with 98,250, Algerian  Americans with 73,770, Iraqi Americans with 59,300, and Palestinian Americans with 45,905. 

Let’s have a look at Arab Nations population in Canada

#CountryResponses 2021
14Saudi Arabian3,935

Source: Census 2021

Arab population in Canadian Provinces

Ontario, with 284,215 people of Arab ancestry, has the largest population of Arab Canadians in Canada followed by British Columbia (Quebec) and  Alberta (69,510).

Percentage-wise British Columbia (3.37%) has the highest percentage of Arabs followed by Ontario (2.03%) and Alberta  (1.66%).

List of Provinces by Arab Ancestry 

#ProvincePopulation 2021% of Total
1Alberta 69,5101.66%
2British Columbia 28,0100.57%
4New Brunswick 5,0550.67%
5Newfoundland and Labrador1,7450.35%
6Northwest Territories2250.56%
7Nova Scotia 10,6051.11%
8Nunavut 350.10%
9Ontario 284,2152.03%
10Prince Edward Island 1,1300.75%
11Quebec 280,0803.37%

Source: Canada Census 2021

Top Canadian metropolitan areas by Arab population

The Montreal Metro area with 246,150 people of Arab ancestry, has the largest population of Arab Canadians. It’s followed by Toronto (129,310) and  Ottawa – Gatineau  (69,205).

Top Metro Areas by Arab Population

#City (Metropolitan Area)ProvincePop. 2021% of Total
1Montreal Que.246,1505.85%
2Toronto Ont.129,3102.11%
3Ottawa – Gatineau Ont. / Que.69,2054.73%
4Calgary Alta.32,4552.22%
5Edmonton Alta.31,9652.29%
6Windsor Ont.25,8856.23%
7Vancouver B.C.22,4450.86%
8London Ont.22,2904.16%
9Hamilton Ont.19,7252.55%
10Quebec Que.11,0751.36%
11Kitchener – Cambridge – Waterloo Ont.10,9651.93%
12Halifax N.S.9,4952.06%
13Winnipeg Man.7,1550.87%
14St. Catharines – Niagara Ont.3,4500.81%
15Oshawa Ont.3,1700.77%
16Saskatoon Sask.3,0500.98%
17Sherbrooke Que.2,9701.35%
18Regina Sask.2,0050.82%
19Victoria B.C.1,9800.51%
20Moncton N.B.1,7901.16%

Source: Canada Census 2021

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