Iranian 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 Iran increased 168% from 71,990 in 2001 to 120,685 in 2011.

In 2011, 58% of Iranian immigrants resided in Ontario. In fact, the Greater Toronto Area was home to 59,750 Iranians.

In 2011, 25% of Iranians resided in British Columbia and 10% in Quebec.


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 prudently.

Citizens from Iran landed in Canada in recent years

From 2006 to 2015, 89,718 new permanent residents from Iran landed in Canada.

Landing Year Total
2006 7,481
2007 6,974
2008 6,474
2009 6,581
2010 7,478
2011 7,479
2012 7,525
2013 11,288
2014 16,773
2015 11,665
2006-2015 89,718
Source: Government of Canada

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