German Immigrants to Canada


The most recent data (2011) shows that immigrants comprised 20.6% of Canada’s population; in other words, one in five people were immigrants.

The number of immigrants from Germany decreased 12% from 174,075 in 2001 to 152,345 in 2011, ranking German nationals as the 10th largest foreign-born group in Canada in 2011.

In 2011, nearly half of German immigrants resided in Ontario. In fact, the Greater Toronto Area was home to 25,765 Germans.

In 2011, 23% of German nationals resided in British Columbia, 13% in Alberta, and 7% in Manitoba.


We would like to point out that the quality of the data from the National Household Survey (NHS) is still under criticism because this survey was conducted on a voluntary basis, so its validity, reliability and comparability with other instruments, such as population censuses have become an issue. In fact, before the first release of the NHS results, Statistics Canada issued warnings and cautions when using the NHS data, so use this data prudently.

Citizens from Germany landed in Canada in recent years

From 2006 to 2015, 23,339 new permanent residents from Germany landed in Canada.

Landing Year Total
2006 2,767
2007 2,448
2008 3,834
2009 3,886
2010 2,955
2011 2,016
2012 1,699
2013 1,216
2014 1,273
2015 1,245
2006-2015 23,339
Source: Government of Canada


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