Arab Canadians

Arab Canadians (French: Arabo-Canadiens) come from all of the countries of the Arab world. According to the 2016 Census there were 523,235 Canadians who claimed Arab ancestry.[1] According to the 2011 Census there were 380,620 Canadians who claimed full or partial ancestry from an Arabic-speaking country.[2] The large majority of the Canadians of Arab origin population live in either Ontario or Quebec. Not all Canadians from the Arab world are Arabs, there are also communities of Armenians, Assyrians, Copts, Kurds, Turcomans, Berbers, and those who espouse a Phoenician or Aramean heritage (see Phoenicianism and Arameanism).

Arab Canadians
Arabo-Canadiens
Total population
533,235 (2016 Census)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Alberta
Languages
Religion
Related ethnic groups

DemographicsEdit

The distribution of the Arab population of Canada according to the 2001 Census, 2011 Census, and 2016 Census was as follows:

Province or territory Arabs 2001 % 2001 Arabs 2011 % 2011 Arabs 2016 % 2016
  Québec 73,345 1.0% 166,260 2.2% 213,740 2.7%
  Ontario 88,545 0.8% 151,645 1.2% 210,435 1.6%
  Alberta 19,320 0.7% 34,920 1.0% 56,700 1.4%
  British Columbia 6,605 0.2% 14,090 0.3% 19,840 0.4%
  Nova Scotia 3,610 0.4% 6,285 0.7% 8,110 0.9%
  Manitoba 1,230 0.1% 3,240 0.3% 5,030 0.4%
  Saskatchewan 900 0.1% 2,095 0.2% 4,300 0.4%
  New Brunswick 580 0.1% 1,380 0.2% 2,960 0.4%
  Newfoundland and Labrador 270 0.1% 370 0.1% 1,375 0.3%
  Prince Edward Island 175 0.0% 200 0.1% 585 0.4%
  Northwest Territories 80 0.2% 110 0.3% 100 0.2%
  Nunavut 10 0.0% 15 0.0% 40 0.1%
  Yukon 10 0.0% 0 0.0% 10 0.0%
  Canada 194,685 0.7% 380,620[1] 1.2% 523,235[1] 1.5%

By Arabic-speaking countryEdit

Country 2016[2]
  Lebanon 219,555
  Egypt 99,140
  Syria 77,045
  Iraq 70,925
  Palestine 44,820
  UAE 20,000
  Sudan 19,960
  Jordan 14,250
  Mauritania 9,325
  Libya 7,740
  Saudi Arabia 6,810
  Yemen 6,645
  Kuwait 2,235
  Arab League 111,400
  Canada total 948,330

Notable individualsEdit

BusinessEdit

PoliticiansEdit

Political activistsEdit

Filmmakers and WritersEdit

  • Anisa Mehdi - Emmy Award-winning film director, journalist and director of Inside Mecca (of Iraqi descent)
  • Donald Shebib - documentary filmmaker (of Lebanese descent)
  • Wajdi Mouawad (Writer: Incendies, Lebanese)
  • Rawi Hage (Author: De Niros Game, Beirut Hellfire Society, Cockroach; Lebanese)

SingersEdit

  • Paul Anka - singer (of Syrian descent)
  • Belly - rap/hip hop artist (of Palestinian descent)
  • Andy Kim - pop singer/songwriter (of Lebanese descent)
  • K.Maro - rapper (of Lebanese descent)
  • Kristina Maria - rapper (of Lebanese descent)
  • Massari - pop and hip-hop singer (of Lebanese descent)
  • Nasri - reggae and pop singer (of Palestinian descent)
  • Narcy - rapper (of Iraqi descent)
  • Vaï - rapper, hip hop singer (of Moroccan descent)
  • Karl Wolf - singer (of Lebanese descent)
  • Zaho - singer (of Algerian descent)

SportsmenEdit

OthersEdit

  • Hoda ElMaraghy - first woman to serve as dean of engineering at a Canadian university. Appointed as Canada Research Chair (CRC) in manufacturing systems in 2002. (of Egyptian descent)
  • Reema Abdo - former backstroke swimmer (of Yemeni descent)
  • René Angélil - manager and husband of Céline Dion, (of Syrian descent)[3]
  • Nahlah Ayed - journalist (of Palestinian descent)
  • Habeeb Salloum - author, cookbook author, writer, travel writer (of Syrian descent)
  • Mohamed Fahmy - journalist and reporter
  • Mamdouh Shoukri - former president of York University (of Egyptian descent)
  • Inanna Sarkis - internet personality, actress and director (of Syrian descent)
  • Jesse Hutch - actor, model, director and musician (of Syrian descent)
  • Hatim Zaghloul - engineer, named as one of ten great Canadians by MacLean's magazine (of Egyptian descent)
  • Rachid Badouri - comedian (of Moroccan descent)
  • Keanu Reeves - actor (born in Lebanon)
  • Ghassan Halazon - entrepreneur (of Jordanian-Palestian descent)
  • Mena Massoud - an actor best known for starring as Aladdin in the 2019 live-action adaptation (of Egyptian descent)
  • Jade Hassouné - known for his role as Meliorn in the US television series "Shadowhunters" and for that of Prince Ahmed Al Saeed in the Canadian series '"Heartland" (of Lebanese descent)
  • Ty Wood - an actor and model. Grand nephew of Miss Universe 1971 Georgina Rizk (of Palestinian-Lebanese Welsh descent.)
  • Adib Alkhaidley comedian (of iraki and morrocan descent.)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Statistics Canada. "2016 Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity Highlight Tables: Data tables". Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b Statistics Canada. "2011 National Household Survey: Data tables". Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Le Devoir". ledevoir.com.

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