Nigerian Immigrants to Canada

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

In 2011, 27,625 immigrants from Nigeria resided in Canada.

Almost nine in ten Nigerians lived in three provinces: Ontario (62.3%), Alberta (20.2%) and Manitoba (5.2%).

More than 50% of Nigerians resided in Toronto (14,145), 13% in Calgary (3,560) and 5% in Winnipeg (1,325).


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 Nigeria landed in Canada in recent years

From 2006 to 2015, 33,140 new permanent residents from Nigeria landed in Canada.

Landing Year Total
2006 2,593
2007 2,371
2008 2,108
2009 3,156
2010 3,907
2011 3,102
2012 3,441
2013 4,171
2014 4,160
2015 4,131
2006-2015 33,140
Source: Government of Canada

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