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Japanese Canadians

Japanese Canadians are Canadians who have full or partial Japanese ancestry. People of Japanese ancestry form an important group in several countries in North and South America. 

Japanese Canadians account for about 0.36%  of the total population of Canada. According to the Canadian Census 2021, there were 129,425  people of Japanese descent in Canada. 

Source: Census 2021

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Japanese population in Canadian Provinces

British Columbia with 54,635 people of Japanese ancestry, has the largest population of Japanese Canadians in Canada followed by Ontario (42,250) and  Alberta (18,605).

Percentage-wise British Columbia (1.11%) has the highest percentage of Japanese followed by Alberta (0.45%) and Ontario (0.30%).

List of Provinces by Japanese Ancestry 

#ProvinceResponses 2021% of Total
2British Columbia54,6351.11%
4New Brunswick4450.06%
6Northwest Territories1450.36%
7Nova Scotia1,1300.12%
8Nunavut 150.04%
10Prince Edward Island2500.17%

Source: Canada Census 2021

Top Canadian metropolitan areas by Japanese population

Vancouver Metro area with 38,945 people of Japanese ancestry, has the largest population of Japanese Canadians. It’s followed by Toronto (27,255) and  Calgary (8,540).

Top Cities by Japanese  Population

#City (Metropolitan Area)ProvincePopulation 2021% of Total
1Vancouver British Columbia38,9451.49%
2Toronto Ontario27,2550.44%
3Calgary Alberta8,5400.58%
5Edmonton Alberta4,2500.30%
6Victoria British Columbia3,8000.98%
7Ottawa – Gatineau Ontario3,7250.25%
8Winnipeg Manitoba2,3750.29%
9Hamilton Ontario2,3250.30%
10Lethbridge Alberta1,9951.66%
11Kelowna British Columbia1,9550.89%
12Kitchener – Cambridge – Waterloo Ontario1,5200.27%
13London Ontario1,1250.21%
14Kamloops British Columbia1,1201.01%
15St. Catharines – Niagara Ontario9950.23%
16Nanaimo British Columbia8900.79%
17Oshawa Ontario8850.22%
18Halifax Nova Scotia8700.19%
19Abbotsford – Mission British Columbia8700.45%
20Vernon British Columbia5750.88%

Source: Canada Census 2021

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