Arab Canadians

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Arab Canadians
Arabo-Canadiens
Total population
733,235 (2021 Census)[1][verify]
Regions with significant populations
Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Alberta
Languages
Religion
Related ethnic groups

Arab Canadians (French: Arabo-Canadiens) come from all of the countries of the Arab world. According to the 2016 Census there were 523,235 Canadians who claimed Arab ancestry.[1][verify] According to the 2011 Census there were 380,620 Canadians who claimed full or partial ancestry from an Arabic-speaking country.[2][verify] The large majority of the Canadians of Arab origin population live in either Ontario or Quebec.[3] Not all Canadians from the Arab world are necessarily of Arab blood, there are also communities of Armenians, Assyrians, Copts, Kurds, Turcomans, Berbers, and those who espouse a Phoenician or Aramean heritage (see Phoenicianism and Arameanism).

Demographics[edit]

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

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[edit]

Country 2016[2]
 Lebanon 219,555
 Algeria 65,111
 Morocco 103,945
 Syria 77,045
 Egypt 73,250
 Iraq 68,490
 Palestine 50,245
 Tunisia 25,645
 UAE 20,000
 Sudan 19,960
 Jordan 14,250
 Mauritania 9,325
 Libya 7,740
 Saudi Arabia 6,810
 Yemen 6,645
 Kuwait 2,235
 Canada total 750,925[4]

Notable individuals[edit]

Business[edit]

Politicians[edit]

Political activists[edit]

Filmmakers and Writers[edit]

  • Rawi Hage (Author: De Niros Game, Beirut Hellfire Society, Cockroach; Lebanese)
  • Anisa Mehdi - Emmy Award-winning film director, journalist and director of Inside Mecca (of Iraqi descent)
  • Wajdi Mouawad (Writer: Incendies, Lebanese)
  • Donald Shebib - documentary filmmaker (of Lebanese descent)

Singers[edit]

  • 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 - singer/songwriter (of Lebanese descent)
  • Massari - pop and hip-hop singer (of Lebanese descent)
  • Narcy - rapper (of Iraqi descent)
  • Nasri - reggae and pop singer (of Palestinian descent)
  • Vaï - rapper, hip hop singer (of Moroccan descent)
  • Karl Wolf - singer (of Lebanese descent)
  • Zaho - singer (of Algerian descent)

Athletes[edit]

Others[edit]

  • Reema Abdo - former backstroke swimmer (of Yemeni descent)
  • René Angélil - manager and husband of Céline Dion, (of Syrian descent)[5]
  • Nahlah Ayed - journalist (of Palestinian descent)
  • Rachid Badouri - comedian (of Moroccan descent)
  • 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)
  • Mohamed Fahmy - journalist and reporter
  • Ghassan Halazon - entrepreneur (of Jordanian-Palestinian descent)
  • Jade Hassouné - known for his role as Meliorn in the US television series "Shadowhunters" and for that of Prince Ahmed Al Saeed in the Canadian series '"Heartland" (of Lebanese descent)
  • Jesse Hutch - actor, model, director and musician (of Syrian descent)
  • Mena Massoud - an actor best known for starring as Aladdin in the 2019 live-action adaptation (of Egyptian descent)
  • Keanu Reeves - Hollywood actor (born in Lebanon)
  • Habeeb Salloum - author, cookbook author, writer, travel writer (of Syrian descent)
  • Inanna Sarkis - internet personality, actress and director (of Syrian descent)
  • Mamdouh Shoukri - former president of York University (of Egyptian descent)
  • Hatim Zaghloul - engineer, named as one of ten great Canadians by MacLean's magazine (of Egyptian descent)
  • Ty Wood - an actor and model. Grand nephew of Miss Universe 1971 Georgina Rizk (of Palestinian-Lebanese Welsh descent.)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Statistics Canada. "2016 Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity Highlight Tables: Data tables". Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b Statistics Canada (8 May 2013). "2011 National Household Survey: Data tables". Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  3. ^ Mandil, Ghada (August 2019). "Insights into the Arab Population in Canada Based on the 2016 Census Data" (PDF). Square Space. Retrieved 2021-05-24.
  4. ^ "Canadian Arab Institute :: 750,925 Canadians Hail from Arab Lands". www.canadianarabinstitute.org. Archived from the original on 19 March 2017. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Le Devoir". ledevoir.com.

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