Nigerian Canadians

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Nigerian Canadian
Total population
(31,730 (by ancestry, 2011))
Regions with significant populations
Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Quebec City
English, Igbo, Yoruba, French
Christianity · Islam · Alli Akbar

Nigerian Canadians are Canadian citizens and residents of Nigerian origin and descent. Nigerians began migrating to Canada during the 1967–1970 Biafra War.[1] Nigerians were not broken out separately in immigration statistics until 1973. 3,919 landed immigrants of Nigerian nationality arrived in Canada from 1973 to 1991.[2] In the 2001 Census, 9,530 people identified themselves as Nigerians; of those, 6,575 lived in Ontario (5,275 in Toronto alone).[3] In the 2006 Census, 19,520 people identified themselves as Nigerians. Again, roughly two thirds (13,325) lived in Ontario, with 10,430 in Toronto alone.[4] There is a significant number of Nigerians living in the Jane and Wilson (Chalkfarm) area of Toronto.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ogbomo 1999, Origins
  2. ^ Ogbomo 1999, Migration, Arrival, and Settlement
  3. ^ Statistics Canada 2001
  4. ^ Statistics Canada 2006


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