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Chinese Canadians

Chinese Canadians are Canadians who have full or partial Chinese ancestry or migrated from China. People of Chinese origin form an essential group in several countries in North and South America. They are the second-largest group among Asians in Canada and the also second-largest group after South Asians among Visible minority groups in Canada. 

Chinese Canadians account for about 4.72%  of the total population of Canada. According to the Canadian Census 2021, there were 1,713,875 (1.7 million) people of Chinese descent in Canada. British Columbia is Canada’s province with the highest percentage of Chinese population.

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Chinese population in Canadian Provinces

Ontario, with 821,840 people of Chinese ancestry, has the largest population of Chinese Canadians in Canada followed by British Columbia (517,805) and  Alberta (177,990).

Percentage-wise British Columbia (10.53%) has the highest percentage of Chinese followed by Ontario (5.86%) and Alberta  (4.26%).

List of Provinces by Chinese Ancestry 

#ProvincePop. 2021Percentage
2British Columbia517,80510.53%
4New Brunswick4,6050.61%
5Newfoundland and Labrador2,2650.45%
6Northwest Territories3650.90%
7Nova Scotia11,5201.21%
8Nunavut 1000.27%
10Prince Edward Island3,0502.03%

Source: Canada Census 2021

Top Canadian metropolitan areas by Chinese population

Toronto Metro area with 668,700 people of Chinese ancestry, has the largest population of Chinese Canadians. It’s followed by Vancouver (475,160) and  Montreal (111,100).

Top Cities by Chinese Population

#City (Metropolitan Area)ProvincePop. 2021% of Total Pop.
1Toronto Ont668,70010.89%
2Vancouver B.C475,16018.23%
4Calgary Alta99,0556.76%
5Edmonton Alta68,4804.90%
6Ottawa – Gatineau Ont./Que52,4553.58%
7Hamilton Ont48,5654.35%
8Winnipeg Man26,8453.27%
9Kitchener – Cambridge – Waterloo Ont18,2303.21%
10Victoria B.C18,1304.67%
11London Ont13,1152.45%
12Oshawa Ont10,8752.64%
13Saskatoon Sask10,1403.26%
14Halifax N.S9,6002.08%
15Windsor Ont9,0352.17%
16St. Catharines – Niagara Ont6,8901.62%
17Regina Sask6,4402.63%
18Guelph Ont5,1103.13%
19Ottawa – Gatineau Quebec part) 3,8851.12%
20Quebec Que3,7000.45%

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Source: Canada Census 2021

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