Arab Canadians

Arab Canadians (French: les Canadiens Arabes) come from all of the countries of the Arab world. According to the 2016 Census there were 948,330 Canadians who claimed Arab ancestry.[1] According to the 2011 Census there were 661,750 Canadians who claimed full or partial ancestry from an Arabic-speaking country.[2] The large majority of the Canadians of Arab origin population live in either Ontario or Quebec. Not all Canadians from the Arab world are Arabs, there are also communities of Armenians, Assyrians, Copts, Kurds, Turcomans, Berbers, and those who espouse a Phoenician or Aramean heritage (see Phoenicianism and Arameanism).

Arab Canadians
Canadiens Arabes
Total population
523,235 (2016 Census)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Alberta
Languages
Religion
Related ethnic groups

Demographics

The distribution of the Arab population of Canada according to the 2001 Census, 2011 Census, and 2016 Census was as follows:

Province or territory Arabs 2001 % 2001 Arabs 2011 % 2011 Arabs 2016 % 2016
 Québec 73,345 1.0% 166,260 2.2% 213,740 2.7%
 Ontario 88,545 0.8% 151,645 1.2% 210,435 1.6%
 Alberta 19,320 0.7% 34,920 1.0% 56,700 1.4%
 British Columbia 6,605 0.2% 14,090 0.3% 19,840 0.4%
 Nova Scotia 3,610 0.4% 6,285 0.7% 8,110 0.9%
 Manitoba 1,230 0.1% 3,240 0.3% 5,030 0.4%
 Saskatchewan 900 0.1% 2,095 0.2% 4,300 0.4%
 New Brunswick 580 0.1% 1,380 0.2% 2,960 0.4%
 Newfoundland and Labrador 270 0.1% 370 0.1% 1,375 0.3%
 Prince Edward Island 175 0.0% 200 0.1% 585 0.4%
 Northwest Territories 80 0.2% 110 0.3% 100 0.2%
 Nunavut 10 0.0% 15 0.0% 40 0.1%
 Yukon 10 0.0% 0 0.0% 10 0.0%
 Canada 194,685 0.7% 380,620[1] 1.2% 523,235[1] 1.5%

By Arabic-speaking country

Country 2016[2]
 Lebanon 219,555
 Morocco 103,940
 Egypt 99,140
 Syria 77,045
 Iraq 70,925
 Algeria 67,335
 Palestine 44,820
 Tunisia 25,645
 Sudan 19,960
 Jordan 14,250
 Mauritania 9,325
 Libya 7,740
 Saudi Arabia 6,810
 Yemen 6,645
 Kuwait 2,235
Arab, n.o.s. 111,400
 Canada total 948,330

Notable individuals

Business

Politicians

Political activists

Filmmakers

  • Anisa Mehdi - Emmy Award-winning film director, journalist and director of Inside Mecca (of Iraqi descent)
  • Donald Shebib - documentary filmmaker (of Lebanese descent)
  • Yassmina Karajah - screenwriter and director of Rupture (of Jordanian-Palestinian descent)

Singers

  • Paul Anka - singer (of Syrian descent)
  • Belly - rap/hip hop artist (of Palestinian descent)
  • Andy Kim - pop singer/songwriter (of Lebanese descent)
  • K.Maro - rapper (of Lebanese descent)
  • Kristina Maria - rapper (of Lebanese descent)
  • Massari - pop and hip-hop singer (of Lebanese descent)
  • Nasri - reggae and pop singer (of Palestinian descent)
  • Narcy - rapper (of Iraqi descent)
  • Vaï - rapper, hip hop singer (of Moroccan descent)
  • Karl Wolf - singer (of Lebanese descent)
  • Zaho - singer (of Algerian descent)

Sportsmen

Others

  • Hoda ElMaraghy - first woman to serve as dean of engineering at a Canadian university. Appointed as Canada Research Chair (CRC) in manufacturing systems in 2002. (of Egyptian descent)
  • Reema Abdo - former backstroke swimmer (of Yemeni descent)
  • Kaveh Farrokh - historian
  • René Angélil - manager and husband of Céline Dion, (of Syrian descent)[3]
  • Nahlah Ayed - journalist (of Palestinian descent)
  • Habeeb Salloum - author, cookbook author, writer, travel writer (of Syrian descent)
  • Mohamed Fahmy - journalist and reporter
  • Mamdouh Shoukri - former president of York University (of Egyptian descent)
  • Inanna Sarkis - internet personality, actress and director (of Syrian descent)
  • Hatim Zaghloul - engineer, named as one of ten great Canadians by MacLean's magazine (of Egyptian descent)
  • Rachid Badouri - comedian (of Moroccan descent)
  • Adib Alkhalidey comedian (of Iraqi and Moroccan descent)
  • Ghassan Halazon - entrepreneur (of Jordanian-Palestian descent)

See also

References

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