Spanish Immigrants to Canada


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

A total of 9,060 immigrants from Spain 2011 resided in Canada.

In 2011, about 92% of Spanish immigrants lived in three provinces: Ontario (3,515 or 39%), Quebec (3,455 or 38%), and British Columbia (1,330 or 15%).

In 2011, Montreal was home to the largest Spanish group (3,040 people) followed by Toronto (2,295) and Vancouver (895).


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 Spain landed in Canada in recent years

From 2006 to 2015, 2,767new permanent residents from Spain landed in Canada.

Landing Year Total
2006 124
2007 136
2008 168
2009 195
2010 174
2011 179
2012 259
2013 330
2014 494
2015 708
2006-2015 2,767
Source: Government of Canada.

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