Immigrants in Hamilton


In 2011, Hamilton was among the top ten immigration receiving Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) in Canada.

In 2011, 232,195 immigrants accounted for 23.5% of Hamilton’s population.

In 2011, the top three largest groups of immigrants were from the United Kingdom, Italy and India. Other top immigration countries were Poland, Portugal, Philippines, USA, Croatia, China, Germany, the Netherlands, Iraq, Pakistan and Bosnia & Herzegovina; all together represented 65.3% of Hamilton’s immigrant population.

Viet Nam, Jamaica, Romania, Serbia, Colombia and South Korea were also in the top 20 sources of immigration to Hamilton.

In Hamilton, the immigrant population grew 7.8% from 154,655 in 2001 to 166,755 in 2011.

From 2001 to 2011, in Hamilton (CMA), the top ten immigration source countries that experienced the highest increases were the Philippines (81%), China (75%) and India (58%). In contrast, the highest decreases were observed among immigrants from Italy (-25%), UK (-17%) and Poland (-12%).


We would like to point out that we used data from the National Household Survey (NHS) knowing that its quality 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 cautiously.

From 2005 to 2015, Hamilton was the destination of choice for 40,626 new permanent residents.

Landing Year Total
2005 4,611
2006 4,036
2007 3,680
2008 3,805
2009 3,777
2010 4,003
2011 3,295
2012 4,077
2013 3,214
2014 3,106
2015 3,022
2005-2015 40,626
Source: Government of Canada


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