Nigerian Canadians are Canadian citizens and residents of Nigerian origin and descent. Nigerians began migrating to Canada during the 1967–1970 Biafra War. 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. There is a significant number of Nigerians living in the Greater Toronto Area, especially in Brampton and Etobicoke. In the 2016 Census, 51,800 people identified themselves as Nigerians, with over half living in Ontario. There are many more Nigerians in Canada, who identified themselves by their tribe instead of their country - such as 9,600 as Yoruba, 5,600 as Igbo, and 1,900 as Edo. There has been a steady increase in the number of Nigerians living in the western cities of Canada, such as Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg.WinnipegNigerians have an easier time adapting to life in Canada than other immigrants because their homeland of Nigeria has the English language as the official language and it is spoken by the majority of Nigeria's population.
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