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Five in six Arab immigrants choose to settle in Ontario or Quebec

750,925 Canadians Hail from Arab Lands

The first in a series analyzing the 2011 census data released by Statistics Canada, this report shows the demographic distribution of Canadian Arabs, June 2014

By Ghina Dajani, CAI Research Fellow

Published: June 2014 

This is the first of a four-part series analyzing the 2011 census data by Statistics Canada.  This report shows the demographic distribution of Canadian Arabs (country of origin, province of residence, and populations in major cities) [1]

A look at Canada’s 2011 Census shows that the Canadian Arab Community has increased in number from 563,315 in 2006 to 750,925 in 2011 – an increase of 187,310 people, or 33.25% – and more than doubled the 368,530 Canadian Arab population of 2001.

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Geographical Distribution of the Canadian Arab Community

The distribution of this Arab population within Canada points to the highest concentration of Arabs in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, followed by Alberta and British Columbia, and further scattered amongst the remaining provinces. This can be explained by the trend in settlement in which five in six Arab immigrants choose to settle in Ontario or Quebec due to economic, social, and linguistic factors as well as historic immigration trends.

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