Kurdish Canadians

Kurdish Canadians
Total population
(11,685 (2011 census)[1])
Regions with significant populations
Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton
Kurdish, Canadian English, Canadian French, (some knowledge of Turkish, Arabic, Persian and Syriac)
Islam (majority Sunni, minority Alevi), Yazidism, Zoroastrian (Dersim Alevi), and a significant number of Yarsan, Shabak and Kurdish Christians
Related ethnic groups
Iranian people (Yazidis, Zazas)

Kurdish Canadians may refer to people born in or residing in Canada of Kurdish origin.

The Kurdish community in the Canada is 11,685[1] based on the Canadian Census 2011, among which the Iraqi Kurds make up the largest group of Kurds in Canada, exceeding the numbers of Kurds from Turkey, Iran and Syria.

In Canada, Kurdish immigration was largely the result of the Iran–Iraq War, the Gulf War and Syrian Civil War. Thus, many Iraqi Kurds immigrated to Canada due to the constant wars and suppression of Kurds and Shiites by the Iraqi government.[2]

Like all Canadians with origins in West Asia, Kurdish Canadians are legally defined as a visible minority, irrespective of their appearance.[3][4]

Kurdish population in Canada by province and territory

Provinces and territories (2011)[1]
 British Columbia1,435
 Nova Scotia55
 New Brunswick40
 Prince Edward Island30

See also


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