Greek Canadians

Greek Canadians (Greek: Ελληνοκαναδοί) are Canadian citizens who have full or partial Greek heritage or people who emigrated from Greece and reside in Canada. According to the 2016 Census, there were 271,405 Canadians who claimed Greek ancestry.[1]

Greek Canadians
Ελληνοκαναδοί
Total population
271,405
(by ancestry, 2016 Census)[1]
Regions with significant populations
 Canada
 Ontario132,440[2]
 Quebec89,985[3]
 British Columbia42,770[4]
 Alberta11,945[5]
Languages
EnglishFrenchGreek
Religion
Predominantly Greek Orthodox Christianity[6]

DemographicsEdit

Provinces and territories with the highest population of Greek Canadians, according to 2016 Census:[7]

Province or territory Greek Canadians Percentage
  Canada 271,410 0.79
  Ontario 148,555 1.12
  Quebec 71,330 0.90
  British Columbia 24,460 0.54
  Alberta 15,025 0.38
  Manitoba 4,130 0.33
  Nova Scotia 3,360 0.37
  Saskatchewan 2,880 0.27
  New Brunswick 950 0.13
  Newfoundland and Labrador 380 0.07
  Prince Edward Island 175 0.13
  Yukon 90 0.26
  Northwest Territories 50 0.12
  Nunavut 20 0.06

Census Metropolitan Agglomerations (CMAs) with the highest population of Greek Canadians, according to 2016 Census:[7]

CMA Greek Canadians Percentage
Toronto   Ontario 99,145 1.69
Montreal   Quebec 66,395 1.66
Vancouver   British Columbia 16,085 0.66
Ottawa - Gatineau   Ontario /   Quebec 8,005 0.62
Hamilton   Ontario 6,940 0.94
Calgary   Alberta 6,770 0.49
London   Ontario 5,365 1.10
Edmonton   Alberta 5,015 0.39
Oshawa   Ontario 4,690 1.25
Kitchener - Cambridge - Waterloo   Ontario 3,885 0.75

Cities with the highest population of Greek Canadians, according to 2016 Census:[8]

City Province Greek Canadians Percentage
Toronto   Ontario 57,420 2.13
Montreal   Quebec 29,060 1.75
Laval   Quebec 20,385 4.96
Mississauga   Ontario 7,490 1.05
Ottawa   Ontario 6,975 0.76
Markham   Ontario 6,215 1.90
Calgary   Alberta 6,150 0.50
Vancouver   British Columbia 5,760 0.93
Vaughan   Ontario 5,065 1.67
Hamilton   Ontario 5,030 0.95

Ridings (Federal electoral districts) with the highest percentage of Greek Canadians, according to 2016 Census:[9]

Riding Province Greek Canadians Percentage
Laval—Les Îles   Quebec 13,190 12.46
Toronto—Danforth   Ontario 7,655 7.26
Papineau   Quebec 5,490 5.01
Saint-Laurent   Quebec 4,795 4.92
Scarborough Centre   Ontario 4,945 4.48
Beaches—East York   Ontario 4,585 4.23
Ahuntsic-Cartierville   Quebec 4,695 4.18
Vimy   Quebec 4,335 4.07
Don Valley East   Ontario 3,785 4.06
Pierrefonds—Dollard   Quebec 3,680 3.43

List of notable Canadians of Greek ancestryEdit

AcademicsEdit

AuthorsEdit

ProfessorsEdit

Business and philanthropyEdit

CreativesEdit

 
Canadians of Greek ancestry mark the independence of Greece in Montreal's Park Extension neighbourhood.

ArtistsEdit

SportEdit

AthleticsEdit

BaseballEdit

BoxingEdit

ChessEdit

DivingEdit

Field hockeyEdit

FootballEdit

Ice hockeyEdit

SoccerEdit

Strength athleticsEdit

Water skiingEdit

WrestlingEdit

  • Bret Hart – former pro wrestler, multiple World Champion in the WWF and WCW; of Greek ancestry; mother is half Greek[10]
  • Trish Stratus (aka Patricia Anne Stratigias) – former professional wrestler

Film, TV and stageEdit

Actors and performersEdit

Directors and producersEdit

EntertainersEdit

Journalists and broadcastersEdit

Historical figuresEdit

ImmigrantsEdit

  • Ioánnis Fokás Juan de Fuca – first Greek-Canadian (1592)

PoliticiansEdit

JudiciaryEdit

Religious figuresEdit

Order of Canada recipientsEdit

  • Teresa Stratas (born 1938) – soprano OC; retired Canadian operatic soprano; known for her award-winning recording of Alban Berg's Lulu; born in Toronto, Ontario

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity Highlight Tables". statcan.gc.ca.
  2. ^ "Ethnic origins, 2006 counts, for Canada, provinces and territories – Ontario". Statistics Canada. Retrieved January 18, 2009.
  3. ^ "Ethnic origins, 2006 counts, for Canada, provinces and territories – Quebec". Statistics Canada. Retrieved January 18, 2009.
  4. ^ "Ethnic origins, 2006 counts, for Canada, provinces and territories – British Columbia". Statistics Canada. Retrieved January 18, 2009.
  5. ^ "Ethnic origins, 2006 counts, for Canada, provinces and territories – Alberta". Statistics Canada. Retrieved January 18, 2009.
  6. ^ "Selected Demographic and Cultural Characteristics". Statistics Canada. Retrieved January 18, 2009.
  7. ^ a b "Census Profile, 2016 Census, Ethnic origin for Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs)". Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  8. ^ Canada, Government of Canada, Statistics. "Census Profile, 2016 Census - Toronto, City [Census subdivision], Ontario and Toronto, Census division [Census division], Ontario". www12.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  9. ^ Canada, Government of Canada, Statistics. "Census Profile, 2016 Census - Laval--Les Îles [Federal electoral district], Quebec and Toronto, Census division [Census division], Ontario". www12.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  10. ^ Bret Hart's mother is half Greek as is published in his autobiography Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling

External linksEdit

  • hellenism.net – a comprehensive list of famous Greeks and Greek Americans

Further readingEdit

External linksEdit

  • Greek-Canadians – A comprehensive list of famous Greeks and Greek Canadians
  • GreekGateway.com – Greek cultural entertainment site, event resource and business directory
  • Toronto-Danforth political riding with concentrated Hellenic population
Embassy and Consulates
Charitable organizations
Communities
Trade organizations
Affiliate trade organizations
Performance art groups