US 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 United States of America (USA) increased 10.7% from 237,920 in 2001 to 263,480 in 2011, ranking USA nationals as the 5th largest foreign-born group in Canada in 2011.

In 2011, about 44% of USA immigrants resided in Ontario –particularly, the Greater Toronto Area was the home of 47,310 USA immigrants.

In 2011, 22% of USA nationals resided in British Columbia, 12% in Alberta and 10% in Quebec.

In 2011, Jamaica nationals were the 15th largest foreign-born group in the Greater Toronto Area.


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 States of America landed in Canada in recent years

From 2006 to 2015, 86,436 new permanent residents from the USA landed in Canada.

Landing Year Total
2006 9,612
2007 9,460
2008 10,187
2009 8,995
2010 8,142
2011 7,674
2012 7,870
2013 8,486
2014 8,491
2015 7,519
2006-2015 86,436
Source: Government of Canada

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