Russian Immigrants to Canada


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

The number of immigrants from the Russian Federation increased 51% from 48,425 in 2001 to 73,035 in 2011.

In 2011, more than half of Russian immigrants resided in Ontario –mainly in the Greater Toronto Area (34,330).

In 2011, 15% of Russian immigrants resided in Quebec and 12% in British Columbia.


We would like to point out that the quality of the data from the National Household Survey (NHS) 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 the Russian Federation landed in Canada in recent years

From 2006 to 2015, 24,426 new permanent residents from the Russian Federation landed in Canada.

Landing Year Total
2006 3,117
2007 2,983
2008 2,690
2009 2,931
2010 2,288
2011 1,963
2012 2,077
2013 2,462
2014 1,772
2015 2,143
2006-2015 24,426
Source: Government of Canada

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