Kurdish Canadians

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Kurdish Canadians
Total population
(11,685 (2011 census)[1])
Regions with significant populations
Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton
Kurdish, Canadian English, Canadian French, (some knowledge of Turkish, Arabic, Persian and Syriac)
Islam (majority Sunni, minority Alevi), Yazidism, Zoroastrian, and a significant number of Yarsan, Shabak and Kurdish Christians
Related ethnic groups
Iranian people (Yazidis, Zazas)

Kurdish Canadians may refer to people born in or residing in Canada of Kurdish origin.

The Kurdish community in the Canada is 11,685[1] based on the Canadian Census 2011, among which the Iraqi Kurds make up the largest group of Kurds in Canada, exceeding the numbers of Kurds from Turkey, Iran and Syria.

In Canada, Kurdish immigration was largely the result of the Iran–Iraq War, the Gulf War and Syrian Civil War. Thus, many Iraqi Kurds immigrated to Canada due to the constant wars and suppression of Kurds and Shiites by the Iraqi government.[2]

Kurdish population in Canada by Province and Territory

Provinces and Territories (2011)[1]
 Ontario 6,830
 Alberta 1,465
 British Columbia 1,435
 Quebec 1,415
 Manitoba 260
 Saskatchewan 110
 Nova Scotia 55
 New Brunswick 40
 Prince Edward Island 30

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "2011 National Household Survey: Data tables". Statistics of Canada. Statistics of Canada. Retrieved 19 January 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Powell 2005, 152.