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 2021 Census, there were 262,140 Canadians who claimed Greek ancestry.[1]

Greek Canadians
Ελληνοκαναδοί
Total population
262,140
(by ancestry, 2021 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 Born in Greece
  Canada 271,410 0.79
  Ontario 148,555 1.12 36,575
  Quebec 71,330 0.90 18,420
  British Columbia 24,460 0.54 3,635
  Alberta 15,025 0.38 2,005
  Manitoba 4,130 0.33 820
  Nova Scotia 3,360 0.37 510
  Saskatchewan 2,880 0.27 605
  New Brunswick 950 0.13 95
  Newfoundland and Labrador 380 0.07 30
  Prince Edward Island 175 0.13 15
  Yukon 90 0.26 10
  Northwest Territories 50 0.12 10
  Nunavut 20 0.06 10

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

CMA Greek Canadians Percentage Born in Greece
Toronto   Ontario 99,145 1.69 27,890
Montreal   Quebec 66,395 1.66 17,890
Vancouver   British Columbia 16,085 0.66 2,890
Ottawa - Gatineau   Ontario /   Quebec 8,005 0.62 990
Hamilton   Ontario 6,940 0.94 1,620
Calgary   Alberta 6,770 0.49 940
London   Ontario 5,365 1.10 1,180
Edmonton   Alberta 5,015 0.39 655
Oshawa   Ontario 4,690 1.25 715
Kitchener - Cambridge - Waterloo   Ontario 3,885 0.75 580

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

City Province Greek Canadians Percentage Born in Greece
Toronto   Ontario 57,420 2.13 19,240
Montreal   Quebec 29,060 1.75 9,150
Laval   Quebec 20,385 4.96 5,940
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

BasketballEdit

BoxingEdit

ChessEdit

DivingEdit

Field hockeyEdit

Figure skatingEdit

FootballEdit

Ice hockeyEdit

Mixed Martial ArtsEdit

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[11]
  • Owen Hart – former pro wrestler, WWE Intercontinental Champion, European Champion and Tag-Team Champion, brother of Bret
  • Teddy Hart – pro wrestler, nephew of Owen and Bret
  • Jim Korderas – former WWE referee, television commentator
  • Natalya Neidhart – pro wrestler, former WWE Women's Champion, niece of Bret and Owen Hart
  • Trish Stratus (aka Patricia Anne Stratigias) – former professional wrestler, seven time WWE Women's Champion, former WWE Hardcore Champion
  • John Tolos – former professional wrestler and professional wrestling manager

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

Order of Merit of the Police Forces recipientsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Ethnic or cultural origin by gender and age: Canada, provinces and territories, 2021". 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. ^ General, Office of the Secretary to the Governor. "Ms. Hélène Papachristidis Holden". The Governor General of Canada. Retrieved November 3, 2022.
  11. ^ 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