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English Canadians

English Canadians are Canadians who have full or partial English ancestry. People of English origin form an important group in several countries in North and South America. English Canadians account for about  14.65%  of Canada’s total population and form Canada’s second-largest ancestry group.

According to the Canadian Census 2021, there were 5,322,830 people of English descent in Canada. Additionally, 938,950 (2.58%) individuals self-identified as having British descent, and 455,720 (1.25%) identified with Welsh ancestry.

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English Population by Canadian Provinces

Ontario, with 2.8 million people of English ancestry, has the largest population of English Canadians in Canada followed by British Columbia (1.2 million) and Alberta  (0.9 million). 

Percentage-wise Newfoundland and Labrador (38.51%) have the highest percentage of English followed by  Nova Scotia (28.89%) and Prince Edward Island (26.07%).

List of Provinces by English Ancestry Population

#ProvinceEnglish Pop. 2021% of TotalBritish Isle Pop% of Total
2British Columbia1,019,25020.73%191,0253.89%
5Nova Scotia217,91522.80%32,1803.37%
9New Brunswick137,14518.06%16,6252.19%
10Prince Edward Island36,05023.96%3,1702.11%
12Northwest Territories5,49513.61%9002.23%
13Nunavut 1,4053.84%2850.78%

Source: Canada Census 2021

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Top Canadian metropolitan areas by English population

Toronto Metro area with 538,090 people of English ancestry, has the largest population of English Canadians. It’s followed by Vancouver (365,150) and  Calgary (245,280).

Top Cities in Canada by English Population

#City (Metropolitan Area)ProvincePopulation 2021% of Total
1Toronto Ontario538,0908.76%
2Vancouver B.C365,15014.01%
3Calgary Alberta245,28016.74%
4Edmonton Alberta227,41016.27%
5Ottawa – Gatineau Ont./Que196,19013.40%
6Hamilton Ontario180,21516.14%
7London Ontario129,97524.26%
8Winnipeg Manitoba124,22515.15%
9Victoria B.C121,95031.39%
10Halifax N.S106,18023.03%
11Montreal Quebec105,1152.50%
12Kitchener – Cambridge – Waterloo Ontario103,60518.24%
13St. Catharines – Niagara Ontario100,32523.58%
14Oshawa Ontario94,12022.88%
15St. John’s N.L77,13536.94%
16Windsor Ontario72,61017.48%
17Saskatoon Sask60,04519.28%
18Kelowna B.C58,60026.82%
19Barrie Ontario54,01525.70%
20Regina Sask47,20019.27%

Source: Canada Census 2021

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