Immigrants in Victoria


In 2011, Victoria (CMA) British Columbia was home of the 13th largest immigration population in Canada.

In 2011, 60,075 immigrants accounted for 18% of Victoria’s population.

In 2011, the top largest groups of immigrants in Victoria were from the United Kingdom, the United States and China. Other top source countries were India, Germany, the Philippines, Netherlands, Hong Kong, South Africa and Poland; all together represented 69% of Victoria’s immigrant population.

Portugal, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Ireland, Mexico and France were also in the top 20 sources of immigration to Victoria.

In Victoria, B.C. the immigrant population grew 4% from 57,590 in 2001 to 60,075 in 2011.

From 2001 to 2011, among Victoria’s top ten immigration source countries, The Philippines and China experienced the highest increases of 92% and 44% respectively. In contrast, the highest decreases were from immigrants from the Netherlands (-20%) and the UK (-14%).


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, Victoria was the destination of choice for 15,014 new permanent residents.

Landing Year Total
2005 1,204
2006 1,267
2007 1,270
2008 1,491
2009 1,482
2010 1,517
2011 1,277
2012 1,379
2013 1,192
2014 1,365
2015 1,570
2005-2015 15,014
Source: Government of Canada. 2016

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