2016 Canadian Census Data – Ukrainians

Ukrainian Ethnic Population in Canada

Based on Statistics Canada 2016 Census of National Household Survey

Highlights

  • Edmonton continues to have the largest Ukrainian population of 159,945 (11.8% of the Ukrainian ethnic population in Canada), which increased by 8.0% and represents 12.1% of the population of Edmonton (CMA).
  • Toronto has the second largest Ukrainian population of 144,335 (10.6% of the Ukrainian ethnic population in Canada), which increased significantly by 10.7% and represents 2.4% of the population of Toronto (CMA).
  • Winnipeg has the third largest Ukrainian population of 116,250 (8.5% of the Ukrainian population in Canada), which increased by 0.9% and represents 14.9% of Winnipeg (CMA). 
  • Vancouver has the fourth largest Ukrainian population of 94,400 (6.9% of the Ukrainian population in Canada), which increased significantly by 11.5% and represents 3.8% of Vancouver (CMA). 
  • Ukrainians make up over 10% of the population of these cities – Saskatoon (16.6%), Winnipeg (14.9%), Thunder Bay (13.2%) Regina (12.8%) and Edmonton (12.1%). [see page 9]
  • The following cities have seen their Ukrainian ethnic populations grow by 30% or more since the last census – Nelson, British Columbia (68.1%), Steinbach, Manitoba (51.7%), Swift Current, Saskatchewan (44.2%), Montreal, Quebec (31.3%), High River, Alberta (30.1%) and Chilliwack, British Columbia (30.0%).   [see page 7]

Provincial Statistics

The Ukrainian Ethnic population in Canada grew faster than the Canadian population grew in the census period 1997-2001 (4.3% compared to 4.0%) and 2002-2006 (12.9% compared to 5.4%). However, in 2007-2011 census period, the Ukrainian ethnic population grew at a slower rate (3.5% compared 5.9%). In the 2012-2016 census period, the Ukrainian Ethnic population in Canada grew at a faster rate than the Canadian population (8.7% vs 5.0%).

Based on the 2016 census, Ukrainian ethnic population represented 3.87% of the total Canadian population an increase from 3.74% in 2011 census. 

Ontario saw significant growth of 10.1% in the 2011-2016 census period and now has the largest Ukrainian ethnic population of 376,440 or 27.7% of the Ethnic Ukrainians in Canada taken over first place from Alberta. Alberta has seen its Ukrainian ethnic population grow by 6.9% and is in second place with 27.1% Ethnic Ukrainians in Canada. 

Surprisingly, both British Columbia and Quebec both saw their Ukrainian Ethnic populations increase significantly in the 2011-2016 census period compared to the previous census period. 

British Columbia’s Ukrainian Ethnic population increased by 25,620 people or 12.6% compared to 3.2% in the previous census period. Immigration from Ukraine represented 1,230 of those people or 4.8% and remaining increase probably came from inter-provincial migration or Ethnic Ukrainians from other countries.

Quebec’s Ukrainian Ethnic population increased significantly by 10,285 or 31.9% compared to 1.0% in the previous census period.  Immigration from Ukraine represented 2,460 of those people or 23.9% and remaining increase probably came from inter-provincial migration or Ethnic Ukrainians from other countries.

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