Pakistani Immigrants to Canada


In 2011, the immigrant population comprised 20.6% of Canada’s population, so one in five people were immigrants.

The number of immigrants from Pakistan grew 98% from 79,315 in 2001 to 156,860 in 2011, ranking Pakistanis among the largest foreign-born groups in Canada.

In 2011, the vast majority of Pakistani immigrants (73%) resided in Ontario; most of them (97,065) lived in the Greater Toronto Area.

In 2011, 12% of Pakistani immigrants resided in Alberta, 6% in Quebec and 5% in British Columbia.

From 2001 to 2011, Alberta and Saskatchewan experienced the highest percentage increases (709% and 252% respectively) of Pakistani immigrants.


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 Pakistan landed in Canada in recent years

From 2006 to 2015, a total of 97,977 immigrants from Pakistan landed in Canada.

Landing Year Total
2006 13,127
2007 10,123
2008 8,984
2009 7,215
2010 6,812
2011 7,467
2012 11,208
2013 12,611
2014 9,110
2015 11,320
2006-2015 97,977
Source: Government of Canada. 2016

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