Arab Canadians (French: les Canadiens Arabes) come from all of the countries of the Arab world. According to the 2016 Census there were 948,330 Canadians who claimed Arab ancestry. According to the 2011 Census there were 661,750 Canadians who claimed full or partial ancestry from an Arabic-speaking country. 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).
|948,330 (2016 Census)|
|Regions with significant populations|
|Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Alberta|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Province or territory||Arabs 2001||% 2001||Arabs 2011||% 2011||Arabs 2016||% 2016|
|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%|
Algerian Canadians are Canadian citizens of Algerian ancestry or Algeria-born people residing in Canada, as well as people from the state of Algeria who are ethno-linguistic and religious minorities. According to the 2011 Census there were 49,110 Canadians who claimed full or partial Algerian ancestry. Canada is home to the largest Algerian community in North America.
Between 2004 and 2013, 42,252 permanent residents moved to Canada from Algeria.Arabs in Austria
Arabs in Austria (Arabic: عرب النمسا) are Austrians of Arab ethnic, particularly Lebanon, Syria, Palestinian, Iraq, Jordan and also small groups from Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, Yemen and Sudan, who emigrated from their native nations and currently reside in Austria. Most Arab Austrians are of Iraqis and Lebanese or Syrian origin, as a result of the fact that they were the first Arabs to arrive in Austria.
In addition, Austria has people from Arab countries, who have the status of refugees (Refugees of the Syrian civil war) or illegal immigrants (Algerians of mainly Berber descent and usually mistakenly called Arabs) trying to immigrate to Western Europe.Arabs in Italy
Arabs in Italy (Italian: Arabi in Italia, Arabic: عرب إيطاليا) are mostly expatriates from a range of Arab countries, particularly Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Eritrea the Palestinian Territories, and Iraq; and also small groups from Jordan, Algeria and Sudan. As a result of mixed marriages and naturalization, the category includes many Italian nationals and second-generation children of expatriates.Arabs in North Macedonia
Arabs in North Macedonia (Macedonian: Арапи во Северна Македонија) are the people from Arab countries, particularly Lebanon, Syria, the Palestinian Territories, Iraq, Jordan and also small groups from Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya and Sudan, who emigrated from their native nations and currently reside in North Macedonia. Most Arab Macedonians are of Lebanese or Syrian origin, as a result of the fact that they were the first Arabs to arrive in North Macedonia.
In addition, North Macedonia has people from Arab countries, who have the status of refugees (Refugees of the Syrian civil war and Iraqi refugees) or illegal immigrants (Algerians of mainly Berber descent and usually mistakenly called Arabs) trying to immigrate to Western Europe.Canadian Arab Federation
The Canadian Arab Federation (CAF) was formed in 1967 to represent the interests of Arab Canadians with respect to the formulation of public policy in Canada. It presently consists of over 40 member organizations.
CAF's stated objectives include protecting civil liberties and human rights as well as combating racism and hate within Canada. It has been most vocal against anti-Arab and anti-Muslim activities in Canada, and has issued many position papers to the government with respect to its policies in the Southwest Asia and its domestic immigration policies. It discharges its political tasks by building media and government relations and grassroots support through various capacity-building projects within the Canadian Arab community, and promoting Muslim and Arab culture.Its current president is Farid Ayad, who replaced Khaled Mouammar, who was elected in early 2006. Mouammar was also president in the 1970s, and again from 1980 to 1982.
Omar Alghabra was president from 2004–2005, an MP then Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Justin Trudeau government in Canada.Canadians in the United Arab Emirates
Canadians in the United Arab Emirates are residents of the United Arab Emirates who originate from Canada.Iraqi Canadians
Iraqi Canadians comprise Canadian citizens of full or partial Iraqi descent, as well as people from the state of Iraq who are ethno-linguistic and religious minorities. According to the 2011 Census there were 49,680 Canadians who claimed Iraqi ancestry, an increase compared to the 2006 Census.Jordanian Canadians
Jordanian Canadians are Canadian citizens of Jordanian descent or a Jordan-born person residing in Canada. According to the 2011 Census there were 9,425 Canadians who claimed Jordanian ancestry.Kuwaiti Canadians
Kuwaiti Canadians are Canadians of Kuwaiti descent or Kuwaitis who have Canadian citizenship.
Most Kuwaiti Canadians speak Arabic, English or French. According to the 2011 Census there were 2,240 Canadians who claimed Kuwaiti ancestry.Libyan Canadians
Libyan Canadians (Arabic: الليبيون الكنديون) are Canadians of Libyan descent .
Most Libyan Canadians speak Arabic, English or French. According to the 2011 Census there were 5,515 Canadians who claimed Libyan ancestry.Moroccan Canadians
Moroccan Canadians are Canadians of Moroccan descent or Morocco-born people who reside in Canada, as well as people from the state of Morocco who are ethno-linguistic and religious minorities. According to the 2011 Census there were 71,910 Canadians who claimed full or partial Moroccan ancestry, an increase compared to the 2006 Census.National Council on Canada-Arab Relations
The National Council on Canada-Arab Relations (NCCAR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to building bridges of understanding and cooperation between Canada and the Arab world. NCCAR was established in 1985 by Canadians who believe that Canada's national interest is best served through expanded knowledge, social, scientific and educational exchange with the Arab world.
NCCAR's primary objectives are to work with governments, the private sector and community organizations to promote and assist programs that increase Canadian awareness and knowledge of the Arab world, and to encourage the expansion of commercial, scientific, educational and cultural links between Canadian and Arab institutions.
NCCAR's objectives are achieved through the promotion of the three following fundamental beliefs: Canada and the Arab world share aspirations for world peace, Canada and the Arab world have a common interest in increasing trade, and that Canada and the Arab world desire expanded cultural and educational ties.
NCCAR's activities include:
Promoting greater recognition of the social, economic, political and cultural contribution of Arab-Canadians to Canada
Making information related to the Arab world available to individuals, organizations, educational institutions, libraries, media and Canadian provincial and federal governments
Publishing a monthly newsletter and a quarterly journal (Arabica), which highlights our organizational achievements, current political and economic issues relating to Canada and the Arab world and to the Arab-Canadian community, educational programs, and upcoming events
Promoting speakers that provide information on the Arab world.
Sponsoring study tours and speaker tours between Canada and the Arab world
Sponsoring and coordinating the NCCAR Parliamentary Internship Program for Arab-Canadian university students
Supporting cultural and historical exhibitions between Canada and the Arab world.Palestinian Canadians
Palestinian Canadians (Arabic: فلسطينيو كندا) are Canadian citizens of Palestinian descent or Palestine-born people residing in Canada. According to the 2011 Census there were 31,245 Canadians who claimed Palestinian ancestry.Raja G. Khouri
Raja G. Khouri is a Lebanese born Arab-Canadian.
He is an international consultant offering services in organizational development and capacity building, focusing on civil society and human rights work. He is president of the Canadian Arab Institute, a commissioner with the Ontario Human Rights Commission, Committee member of Human Rights Watch Canada, and co-founder of the Canadian Arab/Jewish Leadership Dialogue Group. Raja formerly served on several government and civil society bodies, such as Ontario’s Hate Crimes Community Working Group (for the Attorney General and Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services), the Minister of Education’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy Roundtable, Pride Toronto Community Advisory Panel, and the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs. He also served as national president of the Canadian Arab Federation in the period following the events of 9/11, where he engaged in extensive civil rights advocacy, policy-oriented research and public relations . Raja’s earlier career included a senior management position at CIBC (human resources) and management consulting tenures in Europe and the Middle East. He has designed and chaired conferences, given and moderated lectures, given numerous media interviews, and published commentaries in journals and major Canadian dailies.
In 2003 Raja published Arabs in Canada Post 9/11, an expansion of a study of Arab-Canadians the Federation carried out in 2001-2002.,Saudi Canadians
Saudi Canadians (Arabic: سعوديون كنديون lit. So’odioon Canadioon) are Canadians of Saudi descent or Saudis who have Canadian citizenship. According to the 2011 Census there were 7,955 Canadians who claimed Saudi ancestry.Syrian Canadians
Syrian Canadians refers to Canadians who can trace their ancestry back to Syria. According to the 2016 Census, there were 77,050 Syrian Canadians compared to the 2011 Census where there were 40,840.Tunisian Canadians
Tunisian Canadians (Arabic: التونسيون الكنديون) are Canadians of Tunisian descent or Tunisians who have Canadian citizenship.
Most Tunisian Canadians speak Arabic, English or French. According to the 2016 Census there were 75,645 Canadians who claimed Tunisian ancestry.Yemeni Canadians
Yemeni Canadians are Canadians of Yemeni descent or Yemenis who have Canadian citizenship.
Most Yemeni Canadians speak Arabic, English or French. According to the 2016 Census there were 6,645 Canadians who claimed Yemeni ancestry.
Arab Canadians by state of origin