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Canadian census shows significant increase in number of Tibetans in Canada

October 30, 2017

Canada Tibet Committee, October 30, 2017 – According to the 2016 Canadian census released on October 25, 2017, there are 6675 individuals in Canada who claim Tibetan as their mother tongue.  Of these, the largest number is based in Ontario.

The number shows an increase of 65% since Canada’s 2011 census which documented 4060 Tibetans living in Canada.

According to the census there are 5560 Tibetans living in Ontario, by far the largest concentration in Canada.  Ontario is followed by Alberta with 625 Tibetans and British Columbia with 375.  Others are scattered across the country.

Census results may not capture many of the recently-arrived Tibetans who have settled in Canada during 2016 and 2017 as part of the federal government’s program to welcome 1000 displaced Tibetans from Arunachal Pradesh.  Of these, most have settled in Alberta.

The first Tibetans arrived in Canada in 1971 under a federal sponsorship program following a request from His Holiness the Dalai Lama to then Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau.  According to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Tibetans were the first non-European refugees accepted into Canada.

There are approximately 100,000 Tibetans living in refugee communities in India and an additional 20,000 in Nepal according to estimates by the Central Tibetan Administration.  China’s 2010 census indicated there are more than six million Tibetans currently living under its administration.

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