UK Immigrants to Canada


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

The number of immigrants from the United Kingdom decreased 11% from 606,995 in 2001 to 537,040 in 2011, ranking UK nationals as the 3rd largest foreign-born group in Canada –after India and China in 2011.

In 2011, more than half of British immigrants resided in Ontario –mainly in the Greater Toronto Area (112,580).

In 2011, 24% of UK nationals resided in British Columbia, 11% in Alberta and 3% in Quebec.

In 2011, UK nationals were the largest foreign-born groups in Victoria BC; Hamilton ON and London ON (Census Metro Areas).


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 United Kingdom and Colonies landed in Canada in recent years

From 2006 to 2015, 71,234 new permanent residents from the United Kingdom and Colonies landed in Canada.

Landing Year Total
2006 7,136
2007 8,213
2008 8,976
2009 8,872
2010 8,719
2011 6,128
2012 6,172
2013 5,814
2014 5,758
2015 5,446
2006-2015 71,234
Source: Government of Canada

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