Although Canadians of Tibetan ancestry comprise a small portion of Asian Canadians, Canada holds one of the largest concentrations of Tibetans outside of Asia. Tibetans began immigrating to Canada as early as the early 1970s.
By 2006, the Tibetan population in Canada was estimated at 4,275 and continued growing.
The majority of Tibetan-Canadians live in the Toronto metropolitan area (estimated 3,475). In 2011, there were 4,245 Tibetan-Canadians living in the city of Toronto. There is a sizable Tibetan community with Tibetan businesses and restaurants in the Parkdale neighborhood in Toronto, in the area bound by Queen St. W. to the north, the Gardiner Expressway to the west and south, and Atlantic Ave. to the east. There is also a growing Tibetan community in South Etobicoke.