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Asian Canadians
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Total population

Asian Canadians
5,011,225 (15.3% of the Canadian population)

2011 National Household Survey
Regions with significant populations
Southern Ontario  · Lower Mainland British Columbia  · Most urban areas
Languages
Canadian English  · Canadian French  · Asian Languages
Religion
Christianity  · Buddhism/East Asian religions  · Islam  · Hinduism  · Sikhism  · Irreligion
Related ethnic groups
Asian American  · British Asian  · British East Asian  · Asian Australian  · Asian New Zealander  · Asian French  · Asian people
 
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Asian Canadians
Ian Hanomansing (March 2009).jpg
Image-David Suzuki speech head shot.jpg
Olivia Chow.jpg
RussellPeters08TIFF.jpg
Godfrey Gao by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Conradsantos.jpg
Ali Velshi.png
2011 TEB Short 308 Patrick Chan.jpg
PaulNguyen.jpg
Jian Ghomeshi in Vancouver 2009.jpg
Jha Aditya-035.jpg
RathikaSitsabaiesanReaders'PickWinner.png
Setoguchi08.jpg
Sandra Oh WGA adjusted.jpg
GG-Adrienne Clarkson.jpg
Ujjal Dosanjh2011.JPG
Total population

Asian Canadians
5,011,225 (15.3% of the Canadian population)

2011 National Household Survey
Regions with significant populations
Southern Ontario  · Lower Mainland British Columbia  · Most urban areas
Languages
Canadian English  · Canadian French  · Asian Languages
Religion
Christianity  · Buddhism/East Asian religions  · Islam  · Hinduism  · Sikhism  · Irreligion
Related ethnic groups
Asian American  · British Asian  · British East Asian  · Asian Australian  · Asian New Zealander  · Asian French  · Asian people

Asian Canadians ancestry refers to Canadians who can trace their ancestry back to the continent of Asia or the Asian people. Canadians of Asian ancestry comprise the largest visible minority group in Canada, at 15% of the Canadian population, and is the fastest growing. Most "Asian Canadians" are concentrated in the urban areas of Southern Ontario, the Greater Vancouver area, Calgary, and other large Canadian cities. In Canada, the term 'Asian' is pan-continental, in contrast to its usage in other English-speaking countries.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Canada has a long history of East Asian immigration. During the 19th century, many Chinese arrived to take part in the British Columbia gold rushes and later for the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The Chinese who came from Guangdong Province helped build the Canadian Pacific Railway through the Fraser Canyon. Many Japanese people arrived in the 1890s and became fishermen and merchants in British Columbia. In 1923, the federal government passed the Chinese Immigration Act of 1923, which banned all Chinese immigration, and led to immigration restrictions for all East Asians. In 1947, the act was repealed.

During and after the Vietnam War, a large wave of Vietnamese refugees began arriving in Canada. The Canadian Parliament created the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada in 1985 to better address issues surrounding Canada-Asia relations, including trade, citizenship and immigration. When Hong Kong reverted to mainland Chinese rule, people emigrated and found new homes in Canada.

In recent decades, a large number of people have come to Canada from India.

Today, Asian Canadians form a significant minority within the population, and over 5 million Asians call Canada their home.

Demographics[edit]

Based on 2011 census,[1] there are 5.01 million Asian Canadian with the following ethnic identities.

West Central Asian and Middle Eastern origins: 778,465

South Asian origins: 1,615,925

East and South East Asian origins: 2,650,000

The Asian Canadian population by province or territory according to the 2011 Census.

ProvinceAsian People%
Flag of Ontario.svg Ontario2,604,59520.6%
Flag of British Columbia.svg British Columbia1,122,44526.0%
Flag of Alberta.svg Alberta551,71015.5%
Flag of Quebec.svg Quebec488,9056.3%
Flag of Manitoba.svg Manitoba126,60010.8%
Flag of Saskatchewan.svg Saskatchewan55,0955.5%
Flag of Nova Scotia.svg Nova Scotia31,8753.5%
Flag of New Brunswick.svg New Brunswick14,5352.0%
Flag of Newfoundland and Labrador.svg Newfoundland and Labrador6,3101.2%
Flag of Prince Edward Island.svg Prince Edward Island4,3603.2%
Flag of Yukon.svg Yukon2,2056.7%
Flag of the Northwest Territories.svg Northwest Territories2,1655.3%
Flag of Nunavut.svg Nunavut4251.3%
Flag of Canada.svg Canada5,011,22515.3%

Top 20 of Asian Canadian Demographics according to the 2011 Census.

Population of Various Asian Canadian Groups
Ethnic OriginsPopulation
Chinese Canadians1,487,580
Indo-Canadians1,165,145
Filipino Canadians662,600
Vietnamese Canadians220,425
Lebanese Canadians190,275
Korean Canadians168,890
Iranian Canadians163,290
Pakistani Canadians155,310
Sri Lankan Canadians139,415
Japanese Canadians109,740
Afghan Canadians62,815
Armenian Canadians55,740
Turkish Canadians55,430
Iraqi Canadians49,680
Syrian Canadians40,840
Cambodian Canadians34,340
Bangladeshi Canadians34,205
Palestinian Canadians31,245
Taiwanese Canadians30,330
Laotian Canadians22,090

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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